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BIOL 1503 Science and Technology in American Society (Fall: 6 )


Course Description

What roles do science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) play in advanced, knowledge-dependent societies? This course examines our institutional and cultural relationship to innovation: hopes and fears about STEM, views of science and religion, conceptions of democracy’s cultural requirements, the emergence of DIY and geek culture, and more. And it explores ethical questions around STEM, including debates over biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, climate change, and mass extinction. The course gives students the basic technical background to address these questions and an opportunity to imagine a technological application of their own for addressing the complex problems of the twenty-first century.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Andrew Jewett and Christopher Kenaley

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: HIST1511

Comments: Core Renewal Course: Complex Problems. For freshmen only.

Students must also register for a lab section (HIST1512 or BIOL1502)


Last Updated: 23-Mar-17