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mar477 - Science and Society (Complete module description)
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Module label Science and Society
Module code mar477
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h

Präsenzzeit: 56 Stunden, Selbststudium: 124 Stunden

Institute directory Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Marine Environmental Sciences (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Sammler, Katherine Genevieve (Module responsibility)
Skills to be acquired in this module


1. To critically examine what counts as data and what constitutes expertise.

2. To make connections between science literacy and democracy.

3. To enable students to work investigate their own role in more equitable science, policy, and society and how to participate, intervene, and advocate.

Learning outcomes

1. To show a critical awareness of data literacy and its role in society.

2. To demonstrate ability to assess Environmental Impact Assessments, climate reports, and other technical and archival document analysis

3. To confidently engage with data collection, information visualization, and science communication

Module contents

The course will cover the following topics:

1.  Critically engaging theoretical and practical aspects, as well as case studies, relating to relationships between science, measurement practices, and knowledge production; sensors and other technological apparatuses; and environmental study and citizen engagement.

2.  Weekly readings include journal articles, book chapters, technical reports as well as video shorts, and podcasts, across a range of topics such as, environmental justice, ecofascism, data collection, data piracy, vulnerable communities, research ethics.

3.  Student pariticipation in weekly discussion and sharing relevant news and project updates.

4.  Student led projects. Critically engage with existing or initiate new citizen science projects) defined very broadly).

The first semester will consist of lecture and discussion of readings with some short written responses and sharing exercises. The second semester will focus on supporting individual or group student projects engaging with several aspects of citizen science activities of their choice. The final outcome will be a written report detailing the theoretical and practical aspects of their experience.

Reader's advisory

Gabrys, J. (2019). How to Do Things with Sensors. Forerunners: Ideas First. University of Minnesota Press.

Corbett, J. B. (2006). Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages. Island Press.

Hineline, M. L. (2018). Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home. The University of Chicago Press.

Informations will be provided in Stud.IP
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity 20
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Wintersemester:
VL Citizen, Sensors and Science (2 SWS, 3 KP)

Ü Exercises in Citizen Science (2 SWS, 3 KP)
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module

6 weeks after end of exercise

1 benotete Prüfungsleistung

Report (Hausarbeit) after the exercise in summer term

Aktive Teilnahme
The general rules for active participation apply. Additionally, students are requested to draft a project outline after the lecture in winter term and give a presentation on their project