01+Introduction

01+Introduction - SOSC111 Science,Technology&Society...

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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  development
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Course Overview Course Overview Impacts: How does this look from different perspectives?     A Government may have a view that is different  A Government may have a view that is different  from an individual from an individual Basic ideas Understand how technology can change our life  Understand how technology can change our life  and society and society Understand how technology is developed  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 
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