Study programme 2020-2021Français
Sciences et société
Programme component of Master's in Computer Science à la Faculty of Science

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
US-M1-INFO60-063-MOptional UEBROCORENS PatrickS817 - Chimie des matériaux nouveaux
  • BROCORENS Patrick

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français15000022.002nd term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
S-CHIM-017Science and Society150000Q2100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Master communication techniques.
    • Communicate, both orally and in writing, their findings, original proposals, knowledge and underlying principles, in a clear, structured and justified manner.
  • Develop and integrate a high degree of autonomy.
    • Aquire new knowledge independently.
    • Pursue further training and develop new skills independently.
    • Develop and integrate a high degree of autonomy to evolve in new contexts.

Learning Outcomes of UE

To explain the role of societal and psychological factors in the evolution of sciences; To identify the interactions between sciences, technology, and natural resources and limits, and how these interactions influence the evolution of human societies and populations; To evaluate the potential of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research to solve the current challenges for the society.

Content of UE

Many beliefs in scientific models, in the role of technological advances, our dreams and expectations, are related to "visions of the world", which we inherit and continue building throughout life. As a result of these dynamics, visions change. Here, we explain how different scientific "visions of the world" emerged with time, and how they influenced the society. Then, we expose an ecological interpretation of the success of Mankind, which relativizes the role of technological and social advances: we follow the human being in his conquest of natural resources, and of the knowledge necessary to use them; we analyze the nature and properties of growth, and the possible consequences for the future of Mankind; we analyze the energetic and climatic constraints that are present in our society. We then expose possible evolution of the scientific research to solve current challenges, via transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches. 

Prior Experience

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q2

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral Examination

Q2 UE Assessment Comments

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Mixed

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
S-CHIM-017Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
S-CHIM-017Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
S-CHIM-017T. S. Kuhn, La structure des révolutions scientifiques 
W. R. Catton, Overshoot, the Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change 
D. Meadows, J. Randers, and D. Meadows, Limits to Growth: the 30-year update 
M. K. Hubbert, Techniques of Prediction with Application to the Petroleum Industry
M. K. Hubbert, On the Nature of Growth
UKERC, Rapport de l'UKERC sur l'épuisement des réserves mondiales de pétrole

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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