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Science, Ethics and Society - HPSC3107

Year - 2018

In this unit of study, we will use approaches from the sociology to investigate 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 forms of 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; approaches in the social studies of science; and ethical issues that have become prominent because of recent developments in science.

2 x 1-hour lectures and 2 x 1-hour tutorials/week

Two 1500-word essays (2x25%); one 3000-word essay (40%); participation (10%).


(HPSC2100 or HPSC2900) and (HPSC2101 or HPSC2901)


HPSC3022 or HPSC3024 or HPSC2011


Faculty: Science

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: History and Philosophy of Science Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Associate Professor Hans Pols
HECS Band: 1
Courses that offer this unit

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