- Module code
- Taught during
- Session One
- Module leader
- Dr Mark Waugh BSc PhD SFHEA
- None. Standard UCL Summer entry criteria apply.
- Assessment method
- Essay (100%)
The purpose of this module is to explore the relationship between science and society in both an historical and contemporary context. Since the days of Christopher Columbus, right down to the Apollo Space programme and more recently the large Hadron collider at CERN, it is has become clear that ambitious scientific endeavour requires public confidence, communication and funding in order to get from the original idea to something which has an impact in society. These considerations are just as valid in biology and medicine as they are in the physical sciences.
This course will draw on the unique range of museums, learned societies and organisations based in London to enable students to experience and appreciate the relationship between science and society and the need for scientists to engage and communicate with the wider world.
Upon successful completion of this module, students will:
- Understand how scientific research is funded and the importance of public engagement with science
- Understand the role of government in supporting and regulating science
- Understand the historical context which had driven scientific and technological advances in the past 200 years
- Understand how learned societies support scientific communication and advances
- Be able to evaluate how the work of individual scientists has had a major impact on society
This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.
Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.
- Essay (100%)
Dr Mark Waugh is the year 4 lead for the MSci in Applied Medical Sciences, for which he wrote the course diet and curriculum. He also leads three modules in the Applied Medical Sciences programme. Dr Waugh is principal investigator in the Division of Medicine at UCL.