NAT-10001 - Science & Society
Coordinator: Adam Moolna Tel: +44 1782 7 34115
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

"Science & Society" is a module that is bespoke to the new Natural Sciences degree programmes. In exploring the scope and breadth of the natural sciences and the key figures associated with the most significant advances you will reflect on the benefits and distinctive perspectives associated with interdisciplinary science. Participation in the Grand Challenges talks and discussion with students on the Liberal Arts degree programme will showcase some of the problems facing society, their wider implications and the range of potential solutions. Within this module you will also develop information literacy, oral presentation and scientific writing skills, and problem-solving skills that are central to longer-term success within the programmes.

This module will provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives associated with the combination of different academic disciplines within the Natural Sciences and beyond. The module will consider the historical development of the sciences, their role in society, and major scientific advances of societal significance. Students will be encouraged to explore the nature and importance of the interdisciplinary boundaries associated with their wider studies and the societal relevance through participation in the ┐Grand Challenges┐ lecture programme. Students will also be introduced to key information literacy and scientific writing skills that underpin the programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Explain the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to science and exemplify this with specific reference to their chosen subject combination: 1,2
Locate, evaluate and make effective use of a wide range of university-level information sources: 1,2
Communicate clearly and effectively using appropriate scientific language and conventions associated with the Natural Sciences: 1,2
Identify, discuss and reflect upon the role Natural Scientists can play in the resolution of the major challenges facing society: 1,2

Study hours

24 hours lectures or workshops
6 hours Grand Challenges lectures (6x 1 hour of in situ, live online or recorded lectures)
120 hours independent study and completion of assignments

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Reflective Diary weighted 50%
Reflective diary (1000 words)
Reflective diary that documents your thoughts, reactions and reflections on a subset of four Grand Challenges lectures from Keele University┐s Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (ILAS)

2: Report weighted 50%
Problem-Based Learning exercise report (1000 words)
1000 words individual report on an expression of interest template based on a group work problem-based learning exercise