RCSSCI 275 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

From iPhones to intelligence testing to immunizations, technology, science, and medicine permeate our modern lives. In this course, students will learn to think critically about technology, science, and medicine and analyze how they have transformed the world in spectacular and mundane ways. We explore questions such as:

  • How has the development of the medical profession shaped debates about inoculation or the AIDS epidemic?
  • How have culture and politics affected the goals and designs of such technologies as guns, washing machines, and electrical systems?
  • How have science, technology, and politics interacted in debates over climate change?
  • And, ultimately, how should we manage the tension between popular democracy and technical expertise?

Course Requirements:

Requirements include attendance at both lectures and section, weekly reading, several short reading response papers, two longer essays.

Intended Audience:

RCSSCI 275/HISTORY 285 meets the core course requirement for those wanting to pursue an STS minor through the Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Class Format:

There will be two lectures and one discussion session per week.

RCSSCI 275 - Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
30398
Open
32
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
30540
Open
6
 
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
30541
Open
18
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
30542
Open
8
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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