Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module introduces the interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives associated with science and society, considering the role that the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences play and their relationships. We consider the historical development of the sciences, different disciplines, 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 engagement with the Grand Challenges lecture programme of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Keele. Students will also be introduced to key information literacy, oral presentation, and academic writing and reading skills, and problem-solving skills that are essential to longer term degree success.
Students will learn about the interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives associated with the combination of different academic disciplines across the Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts. Students will explore the nature and significance of the interdisciplinary boundaries associated with their chosen combinations of modules from other disciplines. Considering the societal relevance is a major part of learning through engagement with the Grand Challenges lecture programme of the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Keele, as is the development of key academic practice skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes
Explain the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to the arts and sciences and exemplify this with specific reference to core disciplines and module subjects: 1,2Locate, evaluate and make effective use of a wide range of university-level information sources: 1,2Communicate clearly and effectively using both accessible styles of writing and appropriate academic language and conventions associated with the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities: 1,2Identify, discuss and reflect upon the role interdisciplinary Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences practitioners can play in the resolution of the major challenges facing society: 1,2
8x 1hr lectures (8hrs)13x 1hr workshops (13hrs)129 hours independent study and completion of assessments
1: Report weighted 50%
Description of Module Assessment
Problem-Based Learning exercise report1,000 word individual report from a problem-based learning exercise creating an expression of interest for a funding call2: Reflective Diary weighted 50%
Reflective diary on Grand ChallengesReflective diary on three Grand Challenges lectures from Keele University┐s Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences (ILAS) demonstrating reflective practice and learning. 1000 words