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Winter Academic Term 2004 Course Guide

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Winter Academic Term, 2004 (January 6 - April 30)



RCNSCI 415 / ENVIRON 414. Science and Politics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Susan Presswood Wright (spwright@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One college-level science course. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The power of modern science to intervene natural processes and to redirect them for human purposes continues to generate major social and ethical problems. This course examines social and political responses to the types of problems that have emerged since World War II and explores in particular the question of the roles and responsibilities of scientists, the producers of the knowledge and techniques that form the basis of this power and the roles and responsibilities of the various sectors of the public that may be affected.

The course uses two main approaches to these questions: First, it uses several case studies — on genetically modified food, loss of biodiversity, and the implications of the present rapid expansion of military funding for the biological sciences — to examine the ways in which technological controversies arise and are addressed in national and international policy arenas. Second, it will examine various approaches to analyzing the main variables — science, technology, discursive practices, the roles of scientists and the public in controversies over technical decisions and policies, and the nature of the settings in which these struggles arise.

The course will emphasize development of research skills and participants will be expected to pursue an independent research project during the course.

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