Spring Term, 2003: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 - 10:20 am, Chambers 322
Office Hours: M, W, F 10:30-11:20 am;
T, Th 9:30-11:00 am or by appointment
How do scientific theories and methodologies, religious beliefs and practices, and technological innovations affect the way we perceive the world around us? This course, an introduction to to Science, Technology and Society (STS) studies, is designed to be an inquiry into questions that involve the production and cultural meanings of scientific knowledge and technological change. This course will compare the function and rhetoric of scientific "truths" to other modes of truth-production and consider the ways in which science is culturally produced and in turn reproductive of cultural norms in Western society, especially in the adoption of Western scientific practices and institutions by non-Western societies. The impact of the specificity of social and cultural environments on science will be explored at a number of different levels including theoretical models from STS and other disciplines, ethnographic and historical case studies, and individual reflections by scientists on their practices of science and religion.
Lecture notes (pdf format) can be found on the schedule.
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