Breaking Science News: Understanding Current Events in Science
Have you ever looked at a breaking science news story and had no idea what it was about, or for that matter why you should care? What is a quark anyway and why should we care about new genetic variants?
This course will give you the skills to understand and evaluate science in the news so that you can spot fake and misleading stories and actually understand why anyone cares that a tectonic plate is slightly more dense than we previously thought.
Purpose: Community Learning
Duration: 10.5 hours over 7 weeks, Mondays 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Next course: 10 May 2021
What will I need?
In order to access Ruskin’s online courses, you will need a computer/laptop/tablet/smart phone with:
- a webcam
- speakers and microphone
- portable headset
- access to Google Meet
You should also be able to send and receive emails, open links in emails and open and save documents.
If you need assistance, please contact Student Services on 01865 759600.
Aims and Objectives
This course will explore modern media literacy and provide an overview of key areas of science advancement in the last five years.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Undertake elementary research about news items taking bias into account
- Explain the significance of a scientific breakthrough in the news in your own words
- Discuss techniques used to change the way scientific news is perceived
- Connect scientific innovation to everyday application of the knowledge
- Express the importance of ethics when considering science in the news
How will I be assessed?
On this course you will be assessed through:
- INDUCTION: You will have the opportunity to engage in discussion around science news and will record your notes.
- INITIAL ASSESSMENT: You will submit homework after the first week with a small piece of writing outlining your notes from the first session. From here the tutor will work with you to understand your starting points.
- CHALLENGING LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Following this, you will submit small pieces of writing regarding the session each week as the course continues so that your individual objectives/targets can be reviewed and renegotiated during the course.
- FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT: You will submit a digital presentation which works with your individual learning plans (eg. verbal or without commentary, or in the form of a blog) around a bias in science news, using elementary research skills and the notes you have accumulated so far. The tutor will provide feedback on this and these presentations can be kept by you as summations of the course learning.
- SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT: You will submit a digital presentation which works with your individual learning plans, which presents a scientific breakthrough, using elementary research skills and the notes you have accumulated so far. The tutor will provide feedback on this and these presentations can be kept by you as summations of the course learning.
Who is the course for?
This course is ideal if you are interested in science or media studies or want to better engage with the news you receive.
What will it cost me?
This course is free for learners in Oxfordshire who are unemployed or earning less than £17,004 per annum. For other local people the cost of the course is £60.
If you live outside of Oxfordshire there may be additional costs. Please contact us to find out more.
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