Spring 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brown, Matt
Discipline and Number
PHIL 4310 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Science, Technology, & Values

Description of Course:

The technosciences are objective, value-free, rational, and inevitable: these are the myths that this course will question. Our human values and social concerns have deep connections to science and technology. This course will explore those connections from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The development of science and technology involve personal, social, and political decisions. In this course, you will learn to question whether those developments are responsible and appropriate.

Potential Topics Include:

Heidegger: Technology enframes the world.
Marcuse & Critical Theory: Technology enslaves us.
Dewey: Science and technology are instruments for living.
Ethics Codes in Science and Engineering
Science and Technology are Value-Laden
Winner: Technology is Inherently Political
Feminism: Women vs Technoscience
Science, Technology, and Democracy
Berry: A Conservative Approach to Technology
Dreyfus: Existentialism and the Internet
Sexism, Video Games, and Gamer Culture
Threats to the Environment
Commercial Threats to Science and Technology
The Social Construction of Science and Technology
Food for Thought: The Science and Engineering of Food
The Science of Values
Technology and Art, Science and Creativity
Complementary Science, Appropriate Technology
Pure and Applied Science [Science vs. Technology]: Is the distinction significant?
The Unabomber's critique of technological civilization

Required Texts:


Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

A research paper, a group service learning project with a creative element, and various quizzes and exams to help you keep up with the readings and lectures.

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