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Science, Policy, and Society


Inquiry into the production and cultural meanings of scientific knowledge and technological change. Comparison of the function and rhetoric of scientific "truths" to other modes of truth-production, such as religion, and its application in policy. Topics include the conflict and dialogue between science and religion, rationality, the practice of science, environmental issues, and social change.

Satisfies a major & minor requirement in Anthropology.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.

Satisfies depth and breadth course requirement in the Social Science track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.


(Fall; offered in alternating years.)