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Science Literacy

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Dive into fascinating Evolutionary Biology and Neuroscience and the History of Science in our Science Literacy course. It introduces students to several key episodes in the history of science and, in particular, the history of astronomy, physics, biology and cognitive science. The contributions of figures such as Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Linnaeus, Darwin, Mendel, Skinner, McCulloch and Pitts are discussed and put in a historical context.

The aim of Science Literacy is to help develop an insight into seminal ideas and methods in central areas of science. They are designed for non-scientists, requiring minimal mathematical skills.

Part 1: History of Science

This part of the course is taught solely through online material, delivered via the Digital Diploma platform. It introduces students to several crucial episodes in the history of science and, in particular, the histories of astronomy, biology and computer science. The contributions of figures such as Kepler, Galileo, Darwin, Mendel, Babbage and Turing are discussed and put into a historical context.

Part 2: Recent Developments in Science

This part of the course is taught solely through lectures delivered by members of the Visiting Professoriate as well as guest lecturers. It focuses on more recent developments in the sciences, e.g. in ecology, cosmology and neuroscience, paying particular attention to key ideas and methods that have changed our understanding of the world.

Science Literacy is taken by all second-year students and forms part of the NCH Diploma. The NCH Diploma complements, enriches and further contextualises your degree. It equips you with an intelligent understanding of the core concepts, arguments and theories that underpin the study of the humanities, and enables you to approach your degree studies in a more rounded and enlightened way.