Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Innovation Poster (Group) (20%) , Essay 1 - Short Essay (30%) - Learn more

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HECS 793.00
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This unit examines the relationship between science, technology and culture with a particular emphasis on communications technology. It draws on key theoretical paradigms such as: Actor Network Theory, Political Economy and Linguistic models to interrogate and further Marshall McLuhan’s contention that, “We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us”. Providing students with the historical context and critical perspective essential for further study and a more rounded learning experience.
Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

This unit is part of the Science Pathway.

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After successful completion of this units students will be able to:
  1. Examine and identify the role of today’s media and media industries from a socio-historical perspective
  2. Construct and justify logical arguments about the relationship between science, technology and culture
  3. Critique received views through the application of key theoretical concepts
  4. Apply the critical distance and historical perspective necessary to anticipate future shifts in Science, Technology and Culture
  5. Develop skills as part of a learning community, commenting and thinking critically about the issues that surround Science, Technology and Culture.
  • Assignment — Innovation Poster (Group) (20%)
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 — Final Essay (40%)
  • Online Discussion — Interaction (Individual) (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SCI17 — Cultural Perspectives on Science and Technology

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is science and scientific methodology?
2What is technology and what is it's relationship to science?
3The business of scientific research and technological development
4Ethics of scientific research and development of technologies
5The science of genetic engineering
6The invention of printing press and is impact on Western thought
7Media representation of scientific research
8The information superhighway
10The growing gap between 'information rich' and 'information poor'
11Western science and Aboriginal values
12Science and sustainability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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