SSC501 Science & Society (8)

The subject examines the relationship between science and society, focusing in particular upon the impact of technological change on society. Students are to select one topic from a range of choices for an in-depth case study.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Student-type: students in final (3rd or 4th) year of their course &/or doing honours &/or post-graduate students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the 'meaning' of science in contemporary culture
  • be able to demonstrate the main issues relating to the role of scientists in society
  • be able to demonstrate the social impact of technological change
  • be able to demonstrate presentday concerns relating to the application of science and technology.


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. The Sociology of Science (scientific norms, science as ideology) 2. Case Study Materials (examination of issues to be selected for the case study) 3. Technology and Social Change (political economy of science and technology) 4. Selected Issues in Science, Technology and Society (such as the environment, socio-economic & cultural issues, industry-specific examples, etc.)


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.