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HPSC 2011Spring Term 2010Course Convenor:
 Dr Simon Lock Room G.1, Department of Science andTechnology Studies22 Gordon Squaresimon.lock@ucl.ac.uk 
 About this course
This course looks at contemporary political context surrounding citizens’ understanding,awareness and engagement with science. It traces the development of “the publicunderstanding of science”, and its gradual replacement by notions around “science andsociety”, in the political and academic arenas and the emergence of the concept of citizenship in politics, education and science. Models that have been used to frame citizens,science, communication, engagement, and the reasons for adopting them, will also beexplored. While much of the material is UK-based, and will focus on specific case-studiessuch as GM crops, BSE, MMR and nanotechnology, the course also looks at the wider issues from an international perspective. The course is suitable for Year 2 and Year 3students.By the end of this course you should possess:
Knowledge of the contemporary history of science communication, and publicengagement with science and technology.
Knowledge of key social theories concerning the public and citizenship.
Understanding of the methods of public engagement with respect to science-baseddecision making
Skills, drawing from core STS literature, necessary to interpret and understandscience-based decision making in social and political contexts
Skills in written and spoken communication
Skills in relating personal experience to the ideas, tools and values of academicresearch
Skills in the recognition, collection and analysis of research materials
Skills in argumentation, listening and constructive dialogue
About the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Department
You are advised to familiarise yourself with the departmental
Student Handbook 
andconsult them on all procedural matters. The notes are available on the departmental web-site athttp://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/ 
Course delivery
This course is timetabled for Term 2, for each Tuesday of the term, from 2pm. until 4pm.Lecture room Foster Court 112.The first hour (2-3pm) will be a lecture. The second hour (3-4pm) will be a seminar for which you will be expected to have read a specific set piece each week. The set reading isindicated under each week’s reading list
The notes that you take in lectures will
be detailed enough to understand a topic or towrite an essay on that topic. It is therefore essential that you make use of the reading lists.
In essays you are expected read widely and to use (and make reference to) material inaddition to that labelled essential reading.
You may use material that is not on thereading list but use all readings
- you don’t necessarily have to agree witheverything you read.
Where to find the reading material 
 No one text covers this course. Most of the required and optional reading material is keptin the DMS Watson science library. There is also useful material kept in
Senate HouseLibrary
which you can use with a UCL Identity Card.You are also encouraged to use the internet for research. However make sure you referencethe full web address, the site title and date visited. Be critical of what you read. Be verycareful of purely descriptive sites, such as Wikipedia – we are looking for 
in your essays not just re-hashing basic information.
Also note that plagiarism,particularly involving internet sources, will be treated as a severe exam irregularity
Attendance each week is a course requirement. Anyone who misses more than four lectures
seminars will be asked to provide an explanation via their tutor. Anyone who fails to provide an adequate documented explanation may be declared INCOMPLETE for thecourse.
3000 word essay, contributes 50% to final mark, 3000 words,Unseen 3 hour written exam, contributes 50% to final mark.If you are not used to writing essays then you should see Simon’s essay writing guidelineson Moodle and also read chapter 5 of A. Northedge’s
The Good Study Guide
.The due date for the assignment is:
3000 word essay
Friday 27
March 2010Work should be handed in via the Turn-it-in system, as well as a hard copy to Dr Lock’s pigeonhole;
no hard copy essay will be accepted unless accompanied by a completed
Course Work Submission Sheet
(available from the departmental office). Do not e-mailcoursework direct to us without prior permission.Late essays will be penalized: up to one week late, five points will be deducted; up to twoweeks late, eleven points will be deducted;
after two weeks essays will not be marked.Completion of the course requires that coursework assignments be submitted. Anystudent who has not completed all coursework assignments (abstract and essay) may berefused permission to sit the exam paper.
Essay Questions
Essay Questions will be posted up onto Moodle in the second or third week of term.
General Texts
If you have not studied science communication or citizenship before the following booksare useful background reading.Jane Gregory and Steve Miller (1998)
Science in Public: Communication, Culture and Credibility
, New York: Plenum, (New York: Perseus, 2000).This is good background reading, which provides a useful summary of much of thediscussion and research relevant to the course. It is not, however, sufficient for students to be familiar only with Science in Public. Engagement with the other readings for each section of the course is essential. The paperback version of this book may be bought from Waterstones.Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch, (1993).
The Golem: what everyone should know about  science
. (Cambridge University Press).Bellamy, R, (2008),
Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction
, (Oxford University Press).A useful ‘short’ introduction to citizenship from a political perspective.
Lecture Schedule and TopicsLecture 1: Citizenship and Science?
What is the relationship between science and the public? This lecture will provide anoverview of the course and an introduction to models of citizenship and how these mightapply to science.Faulks, K, (2000),
, (Routledge: London), Chapter 1.Shapin, S and Schaffer, S (1985) Leviathan and the air-pump : Hobbes, Boyle, and theexperimental life (Princeton University Press) Introduction and ConclusionHilgartner, Stephen (1990) ‘The Dominant View of Popularization: ConceptualProblems, Political Uses’, Social Studies of Science20: 519–39.

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