Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM016: Cultures of the Life Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will draw from the following: 

  • The role of classification in biology
  • Experimental practices in biology
  • Modelling practices in biology
  • Publishing practices in biology
  • The role of important concepts such as ‘gene’
  • The role of computation in biology
  • Biology and human nature

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning Activity 2211 x 2 hour lectures
Guided independent study11011 x 10 hours of course readings
Guided independent study40Preparation of presentation
Guided independent study128Reading/research for and writing of essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Web based and electronic resources:


Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: