SLE209 - Science and Society


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Must have passed 4 credit points in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment, or the Faculty of Arts and Education.



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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Cloud (online): 1 x 1 hour scheduled online seminar per fortnight, or 1 x 1 hour campus seminar per fortnight.


Students often see science as a set of facts and not as a process for making sense of the natural and physical world. Today’s science is built on ways of thinking that were developed centuries ago. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop knowledge of the history and philosophy of science and the relationship between science and the society. Students will review controversies in science, examine science as a human endeavour, explore different values and attitudes to science and explain how science influences our world. Learning assessment activities in this unit will allow students to recognise the evolution of science and its role in the advancement of our society. Students will research, collect and analyse information around how people enact science from discovery through to practice, through to application, through to understanding.  They will learn the importance of the scientific process, and methods in the development ideas and theories.

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