NWI-MOL035
Chemistry and Society
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL035
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Language of instructionDutch, English
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. L. Consoli
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Lecturer
dr. L. Consoli
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Contactperson for the course
dr. L. Consoli
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Examiner
dr. L. Consoli
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Academic year2019
Period
KW3  (03/02/2020 to 12/04/2020)
Starting block
KW3
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
  • Student is able to place chemistry in a broader social context
  • Student has knowledge of theories and models describing the mutual interaction of science and society
  • Student is aware of the social responsibility of scientists
  • Student is able to expose and argumentate her opinion by means of essays
Content
This course pays attention to the place chemistry takes into society. Actual topics are used to show the significance of chemistry from a social, cultural, and political point of view.
Level

Presumed foreknowledge
None, but students who have already followed Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics (FFIL101A) will already be acquainted with some basic concepts used in the course.
Test information
There is no exam: the students will be assessed on the basis of the turned in assignments. There are 2 short assignments and a final paper. The 2 short contracts (individual assignment and a group presentation) count for 50% of the final grade and the final assignment (a mini research paper) for the other 50%.
Specifics
Further details about assignments etc. will be given during the first lecture
Additional comments
Further details about assignments etc. will be given during the first lecture

Topics
Topics will vary per year depending on current developments within chemistry which are deemed relevant for the course.

• History of chemistry
• Relationship alchemy-chemistry
• Chemistry and its modern social significance
• Chemistry and war (Agent Orange)
• Nanotechnology: ethical questions

Test information
There is no exam: the students will be assessed on the basis of the turned in assignments. There are 2 short assignments and a final paper. The 2 short contracts (individual assignment and a group presentation) count for 50% of the final grade and the final assignment (a mini research paper) for the other 50%.

Prerequisites
None, but students who have already followed Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics (FFIL101A) will already be acquainted with some basic concepts used in the course.

Required materials
Blackboard
All materials will be available on blackboard.

Instructional modes
Lecture

General
Lectures, Discussion sessions and Video's.

Remark
1 lecture per week (2 x 45 minutes)

Zelfstudie

Tests
Written Assignments
Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4

Paper
Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock KW3, Block KW4