Stud.IP Uni Oldenburg
Universität Oldenburg
31.05.2023 17:06:42
mar477 - Science and Society (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)
Originalfassung Englisch PDF Download
Modulbezeichnung Science and Society
Modulkürzel mar477
Kreditpunkte 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h

Präsenzzeit: 56 Stunden, Selbststudium: 124 Stunden

Einrichtungsverzeichnis Institut für Chemie und Biologie des Meeres (ICBM)
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Marine Umweltwissenschaften (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Sammler, Katherine Genevieve (Modulverantwortung)


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


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.


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
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Dauer in Semestern 1 Semester
Angebotsrhythmus Modul wird derzeit nicht angeboten
Aufnahmekapazität Modul 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
Lehrveranstaltungsform Kommentar SWS Angebotsrhythmus Workload Präsenz
Vorlesung 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Übung 2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Prüfung Prüfungszeiten Prüfungsform

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