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Science in today's world

Learning Outcomes

By doing the course reading, participating actively in discussions, and carrying out a team term project, the student should be able to:

Knowledge

  • Discuss the benefits as well as the limitations of scientific inquiry and appreciate the complexities of defining science and of separating science from ideology.
  • Explicate differences and similarities between applied and basic research, and between science and technology.
  • Discuss and exemplify how science interacts with commercial interests, societal interests, and government in science-related controversies such as those over global climate change.
  • Explain different perceptions of risk, uncertainty, measurements and estimates, and the problems raised by differences in such perceptions in debates on science-related social controversies.

Skills

  • Critically assess "knowledge" derived from science, pseudoscience, and our own senses.
  • Inquire into a topical issue with a scientific dimension, and discuss it in the context of central concepts and issues related to scientific practices and interactions between science and the wider society.

Grading Scale

Pass / Fail

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written report

    Submission deadline
    15.12.2017, 23:59
    Withdrawal deadline
    24.11.2017
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam