01+Introduction

01+Introduction - SOSC 111 Science, Technology &...

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SOSC 111 Welcome!
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Who am I? ± Name Erik Baark ± Born in Denmark ± Ph.D. Lund University (Sweden) 1986 ± Dr.phil. Copenhagen University 1998 ± Research: Cultural contexts of S&T development
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Course Overview ± Impacts: Science & Technology Society Society Science ± How does this look from different perspectives? A Government may have a view that is different from an individual ± Basic ideas Understand how technology can change our life and society Understand how technology is developed
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The First Part ± Even if we all use a lot of technology, or practice science, it does not mean that we understand it as a social activity… ± In the first part, we shall discuss general definitions of technology and science ± With a historical perspective, we can also understand how modern science and technology emerged
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The Second and Third Part ± Looks at how new technology is created and used ± We discuss different concepts of innovation (=doing/making something new ) ± We will also talk about the role of science and technology in modern societies ± And what governments try to do to promote the creation of new technology
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People and Technology ± The Fourth Part will look at how technology influences people’s lives ± In the Fifth Part we will discuss how we – the people – can influence technology
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Albert Einstein ± The value of an education in college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks
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Intended Learning Outcomes (Knowledge-based skills) ± By the end of this course: ± You should be able to describe the characteristics of scientific and technological phenomena through history and in contemporary society ± You should be able to explain how and why scientific and technological change occurs and has impacted society ± You should be able to use relevant theoretical concepts to analyze a case of scientific or technological development in society
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Teaching Activity and Assessment ± I will use PRS exercises to test the extent to which you all are grasping the topics ± This will help you identify difficult concepts and issues ± It will help me to focus my teaching and the review classes ± The knowledge you gain from this course will be assessed through multiple choice questions in the mid-term and final exams
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Teaching Activity and Assessment (continued) ± In addition, I will assess this by asking you to use the factual (and conceptual) knowledge you have learnt ± Specifically, in designing my multiple choice exam questions, the focus will be to test your ability to apply knowledge , by providing you with case studies based on which you must answer between two and six multiple choice questions
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