2. PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION FOR MSc in Science and Technology in Society 2.1 Awarding Institution: University of Edinburgh 2.2 Teaching Institution: Edinburgh School of Social and Political Science, University of 2.3 Programme Accredited by: N/A 2.4 Final Award: Master of Science (MSc) 2.5 Programme Title: MSc in Science and Technology in Society 2.6 UCAS Code: N/A 2.7 Postholder with Overall Responsibility for QA: Dr Sarah Parry, as Programme Director 2.8 Date of Production/Revision: XX January 2012 2.9 External Summary (200-250 words) The MSc in Science and Technology in Society is a comprehensive introduction to an interdisciplinary field that provides new ways of addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the modern world. The programme is intended for students wishing to develop a critical understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in society, and places a strong emphasis on acquiring a practical appreciation of the latest approaches and insights from this vibrant field. In addition, students develop their skills in research, analysis, writing and communication. Based in a leading international centre of interdisciplinary research and teaching in science, technology and innovation studies, the MSc is structured to provide all students with a common core of knowledge and understanding, while also allowing for specialist interests. Three core courses provide an introduction to key approaches and perspectives. Following this, students then choose from a suite of option courses that develop these perspectives through specialist study of relevant topics including: information and communication technologies; science and technology for international development; environment and sustainability; life science and medicine; gender, science and technology; and advanced theory in science and technology studies. This degree aims to prepare people for careers in any field where a strategic understanding of the social dimensions of science, technology and innovation will be of value, including science, technology and innovation policy and management; medical, environmental, information or development policy; knowledge exchange and communication; as well as academic research and teaching. We welcome students from all backgrounds and subjects - including those already in relevant employment. 2.10 Educational Aims of Programme: The overarching educational goal of the MSc in Science and Technology in Society is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and critically engage with the role of science, technology and innovation in the modern world. Three complementary core courses provide students with a shared understanding of the theoretical foundations and empirical scope of this interdisciplinary field through an introduction to state-of-the-art research and discussion. Students then choose from a suite of optional courses according to their interests. Optional courses allow for progression by combining in-depth understanding of specific empirical areas while further developing the students’ theoretical and analytical skills. Finally, students undertake a supervised dissertation on a topic chosen in discussion with their supervisor. The provides an opportunity for students to develop their investigative and research skills, as well as honing their critical and analytical abilities by undertaking an extended piece of original writing. The programme assumes no prior learning in science, technology and innovation studies. Given the interdisciplinary nature of science, technology and innovation studies, and in view of the diverse backgrounds of students taking this MSc, the programme is designed not only to introduce students to relevant theoretical and empirical content, but also to develop their capacity for critical thinking and to introduce them to a range of research skills in the social sciences. 2.11 Programme Outcomes The programme outcomes are devised in according with the SCQF Level 11 descriptors. 2.11a Knowledge and Understanding Graduates of the MSc in Science and Technology in Society will be expected to possess a theoretical grounding in the interdisciplinary field of science, technology and innovation studies display the ability to critically employ theories and concepts from science, technology and innovation studies for the analysis of a range of empirical examples understand the methodological and epistemological underpinnings of a range of social science approaches for understanding science, technology and innovation have a critical awareness of current issues in the area of science, technology and innovation studies along with an understanding of how this area intersects with other disciplinary domains. 2.11b Graduate Attributes: Skills and Abilities in Research and Enquiry By the end of the programme all students will be expected to be able to identify, locate and employ information relevant to the study of science, technology and innovation, through both library resources and other web-based media critically apply key social science ideas and concepts to the analysis of science, technology and innovation apply a range of analytical perspectives to develop original and creative responses to problems and issues associated with science, technology and innovation plan and execute an original empirical investigation employing the conceptual, methodological and analytical tools acquired during the programme 2.11c Graduate Attributes: Skills and Abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy By the end of the programme all students will be expected to be confident in their abilities to analyse and evaluate a range of issues surrounding science, technology and innovation in the modern world be able to creatively employ theories and perspectives from science, technology and innovation studies to understand and engage with novel cases and situations be capable of making decisions based upon critical analysis of evidence and the reflective use of social science perspectives on science, technology and innovation 2.11d Graduate Attributes: Skills and Abilities in Communication By the end of the programme all students will be expected to be able to confidently convey complex ideas and arguments through oral and written communication methods communicate their acquired methodological and analytical skills to academic and non-academic audiences alike be aware of the different expectations of academic, policy, practitioner and lay audiences and to be able to translate between them 2.11e Graduate Attributes: Skills and Abilities in Personal Effectiveness By the end of the programme all students will be expected to be able to employ problem-solving skills in both academic and workplace settings be able to use evidence and critical perspectives to appraise new and challenging situations quickly and competently be aware of a range of social research methods, and their particular strengths and limitations, in the context of understanding science, technology and innovation 2.11f Technical and Practical Skills By the end of the programme students will be expected to have improved time management skills confidently identify appropriate sources of data and information using a range of media be capable of translating academic findings into practical suggestions for public and policy contexts be able to present critical analysis of social issues relating to science, technology and innovation in a number of different modes (oral presentations, short reports, longer academic analyses) 2.12 Programme Structure and Features The MSc in Science and Technology in Society program is a Level 11 taught postgraduate programme that can be taken either full or part time. The programme is 12 months FTE and full time students must begin in September. Below is a diagram illustrating the structure of the new MSc in Science and Technology in Society, indicating the balance between core (shown blue) and option (shown purple) courses and their distribution through the programme: Semester One Science, Knowledge and Expertise (20 credits) Understanding Technology (20 credits) Innovation Risk Regulation Systems Theory and Governance and Practice (10 credits) (10 credits) Semester Two Option (20 credits or 2 x 10 credits) Option (20 credits or 2 x 10 credits) Option (20 credits or 2 x 10 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) There are two exits: i. In keeping with University regulations students must obtain 180 credits to exit with an MSc in Science and Technology in Society, or ii. Students who do not meet the University requirements and only obtain 120 credits will be able to exit with a Diploma in Science and Technology in Society. For the MSc., 180 credits will be made of 60 credits of core courses (shown blue), 60 credits of options (shown purple) and a 60 credit dissertation (shown blue). In Semester One, students must take 60 credits of core courses. Of these, the two 10credit courses are shared with the MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance, while the remaining two 20-credit courses are newly proposed (see below). Where appropriate and possible, the content of the two 20-credit core courses will develop in parallel, so that the two courses mirror and reinforce one another; e.g. Week 7: ‘Science in everyday life’ and ‘Technology in everyday life’. We have permission to include the two new core-courses – Science, Knowledge and Expertise & Understanding Technology on the following programme DPTs: MSc in Anthropology of Health and Illness MSc in International Development MSc in Social Research MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance MSc in Science, Technology and International Development MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security MSc South Asia and International Development In Semester Two, students must take 60 credits of optional courses offered by STIS or beyond. (*Alternatively, with the permission of the programme director, students may take 80 credits of courses in Semester One, with 40 credits in Semester Two). The option courses allow students to apply and develop the knowledge gained from the core courses while also pursuing their personal interests through a broad range of more specialist or advanced courses. Based on findings from the market research we have undertaken, we will retain a number of the existing specialist option courses (hosted by STIS): Supervised Reading in Science and Technology Studies (20 credit) Supervised Reading in Science and Technology Studies (10 credit) Internet Society and Economy ICT for Development Foundations of Science, Technology and Development Gender, Science and Technology Armed Force and Society Genetics, Nature and Society Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology Energy Policy and Politics (10 credit) Energy Policy and Politics (20 credit) Man and the Natural World in the Enlightenment Sociology of Environment and Risk Code SCSU11006 SCSU11007 PGSP11116 PGSP11293 PGSP11287 PGSP11217 PGSP11245 PGSP11024 RCSS11001 PGSP11133 PGSP11132 PGHC11205 PGSP11231 We also have permission from the course convenors to list the following as Semester Two options: Analysing Qualitative Data Anthropology and International Health Belief, Thought and Language Contemporary Social Theory Consumption, Exchange, Technology: The Anthropology of Economic Processes Development Research Methods Foundations of Science, Technology and International Development Global Environmental Politics Magic, Science and Healing Multi-Level Democracy and Public Policy Political Issues in Public Policy Qualitative Methods and Ethnographic Fieldwork Reflexivity in Qualitative Research Research Design Social Dimensions of Systems and Synthetic Biology Survey Methods and Data Code PGSP11110 PGSP11072 PGSP11174 PGSP11276 PGSP11176 PGSP11255 PGSP11287 PGSP11299 PGSP11185 PGSP11127 PGSP11247 PGSP11188 SCWR11001 PGSP11208 RCSS11001 PGSP11157 We are also proposing two new 20-credit optional courses: i. Theories and Perspectives in Science and Technology Studies. This course is aimed at students wishing to take an advanced theory course and also appeal to MSc by Research students whose research is in the area of science, technology and innovation studies. ii. Controversies, Consensus and Public Engagement in Science and Technology. This course will focus on the dynamics of public debate and opinion formation around science and technology, where science and technology interface, particularly around controversial issues. The course will have wide appeal in University, including to students in the natural sciences and those enrolled on the proposed MSc in Science Communication (School of Biomedical Sciences). These new courses will be proposed to the next School Postgraduate Board of Studies with a view to them being ready for the 2013 launch of the MSc in Science and Technology in Society programme. We acknowledge the Graduate School’s rules regarding low-recruiting courses and will, in most cases, only run non-core courses with more than 10 students. Finally, in order to provide unity amongst the students in Semester Two we plan to develop an exciting timetable of extracurricular events, seminars and lunchtime thematic lectures that bring all students together.