Study Abroad at UCL


Human Sciences and Society

Key Information

Module code
Subject area
History and Philosophy of Science
Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules (More information about module levels)
Credit value
4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS), 15 (FHEQ)
Fall Term, Spring Term

Module overview

In this module you will work in teams on a contentious project of your choice in the Human Sciences that you can debate and in addition produce projects for a public audience.

Since the technologically fuelled end of World War II, we have seen seven decades of exponential growth in the potential of science and technology. The first atomic bombs, dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 first reminded the world of the power of science and began a series of discussions about how it should be controlled. As science plays an increasingly significant part in our everyday lives, we have seen various attempts to systematically place it within society. As the controversies over BSE, GM crops, global warming, fracking, MMR, cloning and other issues have demonstrated, people are questioning scientists more and trusting them less.