Science and Technology Studies


STS offers degrees at each university level: undergraduate, masters, and PhD


Science Policy in an Era of Risk and Uncertainty (HPSC0093)

This module aims to discuss the challenges of integrating interdisciplinary data sets, and the role of more deliberative and participatory engagement for stakeholders.

This module aims to bring together key thinkers, debates, and cutting-edge research on how society has, currently, and may engage with environmental uncertainty and risk. In addition a number of relevant research methodologies and interdisciplinary skills will be applied in a series of practicals to demonstrate the challenges we face in these large, global complex problems. The module will consist of lectures and seminars and will adopt a problem-based learning approach, whereby a topic of interest can be selected so to apply the knowledge learnt to the selected case study. Contemporary case studies will be explored throughout the course.

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By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and critically assess key theories and frameworks on the communication and management of scientific uncertainty, risk, and complexity (review essay)
  • Summarise the key issues and debates in science communication for a wide range of stakeholders that work within the field of environmental and hazard sciences
  • Evaluate the key issues that emerge within and between different areas of expertise, and the uncertainties involved
  • Synthesise and communicate possible solutions to real-world problems using: written reports, debate / discussion, and a variety of communication formats, including long essays, blogs, and multi-media packages
  • Implement and evaluate different research methodologies to address real-world issues to generate viable solutions

Full pdf details:

UCL Module Catalogue: Science Policy in an Era of Risk and Uncertainty (HPSC0093)