Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM039: Cultures of the Life Sciences

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sabina Leonelli (Convenor)

Professor John Dupre (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


On this module, you will receive a thorough introduction to contemporary and historical practices in the biological and biomedical sciences. You will explore the ways in which biological knowledge is produced, from the collection and description of species in natural history to the use of models, computation, digital publishing and data-sharing in contemporary biotechnology. You will investigate the relation between the knowledge produced within the life sciences and the infrastructures, legal norms, instruments, institutions and socio-historical conditions under which such knowledge is generated. As a result, you will be able to critically assess the relevance of material, social and economic conditions for the production and future of biological and biomedical knowledge. There are no pre-requisites for entering this course.

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