STS syllabus


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Fall 2008 MWF 9:05 am, 119 Stimson Judith Reppy Office Hours: R 10:00 am-noon and 330 Rockefeller Hall by appointment [email protected] Phone: 255-0229 General Information To be an informed citizen today requires an understanding of the role of science and technology in public policy debates. S&TS 101 is an introduction to these issues through a series of case studies. We will study such topics as technology and terrorism, the politics of expertise, public understanding of science, energy futures, and the management of risk. We will use concepts from the field of science and technology studies to analyze how issues are framed and public policy produced. Through active classroom discussions around topical readings, you will develop new tools for thinking about the issues, a better grasp of the concepts of science and technology, and the right to be a force in these debates as they continue to arise. The class meets MWF from 9:05-9:55 a.m. in 119 Stimson. Regular attendance is expected, and more than two unexcused absences will result in a lower grade. Class will be conducted as a discussion group, with occasional organized debates (teams will be assigned after the first week). The most important assignment for this course is to complete all of the assigned readings before the class in which they will be discussed. You will need to master the CUL system for accessing on-line journals and other networked sources; hints will be provided in class. Most readings are in the Course Reader (required), which is on sale at the Campus Store, or are available on the Internet. A few readings are on two-hour reserve in Uris Library. This year we will take advantage of the fact that Professor Sheila Jasanoff is giving the Messenger Lectures on September 3, 4, and 5 (4:30 pm in Kaufman Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall). Professor Jasanoff was the founding chair of the S&TS department at Cornell, and she is a leading scholar in the field, especially in the area of science and public policy which is the central concern of this course. Your attendance at least two of her three lectures is required—I will be there with a sign-up sheet—and our class discussion for the first week will focus on the lectures and the related readings in the syllabus. Your grade for the course will be based on class participation, including the debates (20%); occasional short in-class quizzes (10%); two in-class examinations on October 3 and November 14 (25% each); and two short essays (4-6 pages)(10% each). The essay topics will relate to the case studies and utilize further readings. They are due in-class on October 10 and November 24; late papers will be penalized unless you have arranged for an extension before the due date.
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2009 for the course -2 2610 taught by Professor Mikels,j. during the Fall '09 term at Cornell.

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