School Of Natural Sciences

Science in SocietyWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300664.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Co ordinator
Rosemary Nicholson

Assumed Knowledge
Sound knowledge of the issues affecting primary industries, community health or the environment. Ability to write technical reports and experience in problem based learning approaches. Literacy skills associated with data retrieval and literature searching. Basic knowledge of group dynamics.

Equivalent Units
300283 - Community Environmental Health Action

Teaching Periods
Nothing on offer.

About this Unit
This unit examines the complex interaction between power, politics, ethics and scientific paradigms in the management of natural agricultural and built environments. As such its foundations are in the field of environmental studies with a particular focus on the role of science graduates in the social interactions that govern societies use, transformation and impact on these environments. The rationale for the inclusion of a sociological perspective in a science degree is that scientists do not operate in a social vacuum, but are constantly subject to broader social, economic, political, ethical and cultural influences that bear upon the distribution and exercise of power and knowledge in organisations and in society as a whole.

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