This course begins on Monday August 1st 2016


Hello and Welcome to Science Friction: The Science behind the news. Over the next 5 weeks we will introduce you to science topics that we often hear about in the media and we will talk to an expert to find out more about each one of these topics. This open course aims to build awareness and understanding about scientific issues that are important both locally and globally. The course seeks to bring a wide range of people together in a shared conversation about science.

What is this course about?

This course consists of five modules that can be completed sequentially. Each module provides material to increase your understanding about a particular science topic. There is also an associated challenge for each module, which is an active task asking you to undertake an activity.

You will explore:

  • Climate Change with Associate Professor Gavin Prideaux,
  • Genetically Modified Organisms with Dr Peter Anderson,
  • Stem Cells with Dr Robyn Meech,
  • Obesity with Dr Rebecca Perry

Are modules moderated by a facilitator?

The discussion board will be moderated by a facilitator to ensure an appropriate online environment is maintained.

Why it is being offered?

This course is being offered to increase awareness and understanding about several science topics that impact both individuals and communities around the globe. We hope that you will complete this course with a greater understanding of the science topics as well as an increased ability to present an argument based on scientific facts.

Who is it for?

No specific background is required to participate in the weekly activities. Although this is an introductory course, if you are experienced in the issues covered in this course we actively encourage you to join in and contribute your expertise and resources to support those who are new to this area.

Why should I participate?

By participating in the weekly tasks that we set for you we hope that you will gain an appreciation for how each of the topics impacts your community. You will also have the opportunity to communicate the science behind these topics along with your opinions to other students.

What do I need to do as a participant? (What is the course made up of?)

Find out by reading our How to participate guide.

Course etiquette

In addition to the normal guidance for interaction and behaviour in online courses, we would like to suggest the following:

  • Please use caution when posting personal or sensitive materials about your own experiences
  • Please do not post inflammatory material that could upset other participants
  • Please treat all participants with the respect you would like to be afforded
  • Please avoid using participants' full names on the course site (use their P2PU avatar name)