Science in Context

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Science in context

Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

Science in Context is offered as a minor for students across a range of disciplines. It explores the relationships between science and technology, scientists and society, the history and philosophy of science, and the communication of scientific ideas and issues to different audiences and through a range of media.... great responsibility.

It is available as a minor subject for the following degrees:

These courses provide science students with a broader perspective on their discipline and provide non-science students with an introduction to scientific concepts and issues. Most courses are fully online and feature pre-recorded lectures and online discussion forums, allowing students to work at their own pace, and from wherever they want.


Science in Context minor requirements

  1. SCIE 311
  2. 45 points from SCIE 212, 211, 302, 310, 312, ESCI 201, CREW 352 or other approved points (eg. MAOR 202, 302 or PHIL 318) above 100-level.

How to find out more

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    • Non-government organisations
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    List of courses

    100-level courses

    SCIE 101 – Special Topic: Science in Everyday Life

    200-level courses

    • SCIE 201 – Special Topic
    • SCIE 211 – Contemporary Issues in Science and Society
    • SCIE 212 – Energy, Society and the Future
    • ESCI 201 – Climate Change and New Zealand's Future

    300-level courses

    • SCIE 302 – Special Topic: Antarctic Science and Culture
    • SCIE 310 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science
    • SCIE 311 – Science Communication
    • SCIE 312 – Revolutions in Science
    • CREW 352 – Creative Science Writing Workshop

    400-level courses

    • SCIE 401 – Special Topic: Climate Change and Decision-Making
    • SCIE 403 – Special Topic: Science Communication