This unit of study investigates the place of science in society, the internal dynamics of science, and ethical issues within science and in relation to its application. The key idea in this course is that science is a social activity that can be studied like other social phenomena and behaviour. There are three components to this Unit of Study: an exploration of the motivations of scientists and how they can be described using cognitive and ethical rules; science and the media; and ethical issues that have become prominent because of recent developments in science.
lecture 2hrs/ week; tutorial 1 hr/week
assignments, quizzes, tutorial participation (100%)
Students should be familiar will introductory material in Philosophy of Science, Ethics or Sociology.