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On completion of this module students will
1. understand and be able to describe the concept of hope
2. be able to describe how hope can be viewed in different contexts in science and society.
3. analyse how hope relates to different social phenomena, most notably the pandemic but also the challenges of e.g. populism.
4. critically analyse the relations between individual hope and science and society.
The module provides students with one analytical frame through which to reflect on science and society in times of crisis.
The module will be organised around three themes: the nature of hope; hope and society; hope and science. There will be several lectures in each theme. For example, issues that can be explored include whether law can help frame individual hopes so they align with societal values reflected in our laws; the evolutionary basis for hope; neurobiology of hope and optimism/ pessimism (and relationship to cognitive biases) from a veterinary medicine perspective.
The content reflects the expertise of the staff who will be teaching on the module who all will take the concept of hope as the lens through which to think about their discipline and our society.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Group Project: 4 slide presentation on hope in class by interdisciplinary teams of students||Week 7||n/a||Graded||No||
|Portfolio: This individual assessment will be a review where the student will be asked to identify, reflect and write on three readings of their choosing from three different sections of the module.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
For the group presentation, feedback will be noted and provided to the group and more general feedback will be provided thorugh Brightspace. For the individual end of semester portfolio group feedback will be provided.
|Dr Christopher Cowley||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Padraig Dunne||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Professor Patricia Maguire||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Siobhan Mullan||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Stefan Muller||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Lorenzo Posocco||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Iarfhlaith Watson||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|