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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HPSC1020 Science in the Modern World: Darwin, Germs and The Bomb

10 creditsClass Size: 150

In light of the effect of COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions on students' learning experiences, the School of PRHS have made the decision to modify assessment in Semester 2 modules in the 2020-21 academic year. Changes may involve reducing the number of assessment points (e.g. assessing one essay rather than two) or reducing word counts where it is possible to do so whilst protecting the integrity of the module's Learning Outcomes. Information on any changes to assessment is available to enrolled students in the Minerva module area, and can also be sought from the module leader or the PRHS SES team.

Module manager: Annie Jamieson
Email: a.k.jamieson@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Controversies rage over science in our modern world. Devout Christians and Muslims battle biologists over the truth of the Darwinian theory of human origins from the animals. Parents desperate to do the right thing try to decide whether their child should or should not receive the MMR vaccine. Britain and the United States invade Iraq, with consequences still unfolding, in order to make sure that a rogue state does not obtain a "weapon of mass destruction." How did the world come to be like this? How did science extend itself so deeply into our lives, challenging our beliefs about God, changing the way we fight disease, giving us weapons of war so terrible that their use could annihilate our species? In this module, we turn to history for answers, and with them a new perspective on our conflicted present. Looking in particular at the rise of the Darwinian theory, the rise of the germ theory of disease, and the invention of the atomic bomb, we will discover how science became modern and how it transformed the world in its wake. Whatever your main degree, this module is for you. There are no prerequisites except a willingness to think for yourself.For more details, contact Annie Jamieson (email: a.k.jamieson@leeds.ac.uk)

Objectives

To introduce selected major topics in the historical development of European Science from 1750 to the present.

Syllabus

Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution; Pasteur and the Germ; the Atomic Bomb and its legacies.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial51.005.00
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading and Preparation: 84 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1 x 1,500 word essay & 1 x 1hr exam

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 09/06/2009

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