2018 Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1A

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Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Nakajima Hideto 
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Course description and aims

This lecture aims at learning the historical analysis of the problems between science, technology and society.

Student learning outcomes

Students should become to be able to argue basic frameworks of history of science and technology.


history of science and technology, technology studies, social construction of technology, the Scientific Revolution, institutionalization, professionalization, deficit model, trans-science

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

Every lecture start with student presentation on the paper allocated, then we move on discussion. At the end of lectures, students fill in comment sheet.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Orientation Grasp the outline of the class
Class 2 The Scientific Revolution and its technological background Articles of H. Butterfield and Jim Benett
Class 3 Social construction of technology Paper by T. Pinch and W. Bijker
Class 4 Systems Approach Books and articles by T. Hughes
Class 5 Techno-science and nation states Papers of P. Formann etc.
Class 6 Actor Network Theory Papers by M. Callon
Class 7 Trans-sicence and deficit model Peper by A. Weinberg and B. Wynne
Class 8 Lessons from history Wrap up, and schooling for term paper



Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Presentation and engagement to the lecture 70%, comment sheet 30%

Related courses

  • LAH.T103 : History of Technology A
  • LAH.T203 : History of Technology B
  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C
  • LAH.T102 : History of Science A
  • LAH.T202 : History of Science B
  • LAH.T302 : History of Science C
  • LAH.T104 : Science and Technology for Society A
  • LAH.T205 : Science and Technology for Society B
  • LAH.T304 : Science and Technology for Society C
  • LAH.S416 : Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences16:History of Technology

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Topics may be changed according to the students who attend.

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