SLE209 - Science and Society


2023 unit information

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

Must have passed 4 credit points



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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)

Online independent and collaborative learning including 1 x 2 hour online seminar per fortnight, (weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8); 1 x 3 hour campus workshop (week 10 or 11).


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 and continue to be shaped by changing value systems within society. The purpose of this unit is for students to develop knowledge of the history and philosophy of science and the entangled relationship between science and society. Particularly, how legal, cultural, social, political, species and/or disciplinary knowledges contend and mix to shape science and our understanding of contemporary socio-scientific issues.  Students will review socio-scientific controversies, examine science as a human endeavour, explore different values and attitudes to science and explain how science influences our world and how society influences science.  Students will engage in critical perspective taking through the Council of All Beings. Learning assessment activities in this unit will allow students to recognise the evolution of science and its role in our changing society. Students will research, collect and analyse information around how people enact science from the values that informs it, through discovery, practice, application, and understanding.  They will learn the importance of the scientific process and methods in the development of ideas and theories.

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