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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Science, Technology & Society
Module Code CM392
School School of Communications
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Padraig Murphy
Semester 2: Padraig Murphy
Autumn: Padraig Murphy
Module TeachersPadraig Murphy
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Essay on Learning Outcomes 3,4 and/or 5.

This modules examines the changing roles of science and technology in society. It assesses the impacts and implications of developments in science and technology for society. It aims to develop students' understanding of the ways in which knowledge is produced and reproduced and to encourage critical analysis of the role of media in representing science as well as informing and engaging society.

Learning Outcomes

1. understand the basic principles of scientific methods of work and public response to new sciences and technologies
2. describe major developments in social and historical studies of science and technology and their societal impact
3. explain ethical and other social issues arising from selected developments in science and technology
4. identify social factors shaping development and adoption of new technologies, and how innovation in turn shapes society
5. critically analyse the role of media in representing science and technology

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Assignment Completion30No Description
Independent Study73No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is science? What knowledge systems in society challenge science?

Global science and mediation - grand challenges and networks

Science versus opinion - attitudes and beliefs

Basic concepts of sociology of science

Recent developments in social studies of science

Public engagement with science and technology

Science, arts and humanities - two cultures or more?

Science and technology in media

Responsible Research and Innovation: ethics and philosophy in contemporary science

Case studies of science friction - technology and public conflict

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentLiterature Review with weekly online forum40%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • J. Ravetz: 2006, No-Nonsense Guide to Science, New Internationalist,
  • M. Bucchi: 2002, Science in society, Routledge,
  • B. Goldacre: 2009, Bad science, Harper,
  • C. P. Snow: 1993, The Two Cultures, Cambridge University Press,
  • W. Bijker: 1997, Of bicycles, bakelites and bulbs, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass,
  • B. Bryson: 2004, A short history of nearly everything, Black Swan, London,
  • Mark Erickson: 2005, Science, Culture and Society: Understanding Science in the 21st Century, Polity,
  • Jane Gregory and Steve Miller: 1998, Science In Public: Communication, Culture, And Credibility, Perseus Publishing,
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