Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In this course, we will discuss the ways in which our ethical and social values can and ought to influence science and technology. The technosciences are objective, value-free, rational, and inevitable: these are the myths that this course will question. We will investigate different ways in which processes of scientific research and technological development involve choices, value-judgments, and ethical responsibilities. We will read prominent historical and contemporary critiques of computers, the Internet, video games, biomedical research, consumerism, and advanced industrial civilization from a variety of ethical frameworks and value perspectives. We will consider frameworks for thinking about how to be more responsible scientists and engineers. We will explore, practically and theoretically, the beneficial roles that humanists can play in science and engineering.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Group projects, written response paper, discussion questions, class participation.