2018 Graduate Methodologies in Science, Technology and Society F1

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Instructor(s)
Shirabe Masashi  Fudano Jun  Nakajima Hideto  Bektas Yakup  Takuwa Yoshimi  Tanaka Mikihito 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(W9-407)  
Group
-
Course number
SHS.S462
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
3-4Q
Syllabus updated
2018/4/9
Lecture notes updated
2018/12/27
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

In this seminar-style course, basic research methods for the academic fields of 1) history of science, 2) history of technology, 3) philosophy of science, 4) science and technology studies, and 5) science and engineering ethics are introduced and examined. It is also expected that basic concepts and technical terms in the above fields are acquired through critical readings of important works. 

Student learning outcomes

By successfully completing this course, the students will be able to
1) explain basic research methods of the following academic fields, history of science, history of technology, philosophy of science, STS (social studies of science and technology, or science, technology, and society), and science and engineering ethics
2) write an original research paper in one of the above mentioned fields.

Keywords

History of science, history of technology, philosophy of science,  STS (social studies of science and technology, or science, technology, and society), research methods

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

Contents of the course will be decided in consultation with the students, considering the interests and readiness of the students

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Course Guidance Introduction to the fields ・Prepare a report on one's interests, readiness, and others
Class 2 Research methods for history of science ① ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 3 Research methods for history of science ② ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 4 Research methods for history of technology ① ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 5 Research methods for history of technology ② ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 6 Presentation on the subject and research method of the original paper by the students ・Decide the subject and research method of one's paper ・Prepare a presentation on the subject and research method of the paper
Class 7 Research methods for philosophy of science  ① ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 8 Research methods for philosophy of science  ② ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 9 Work-in-progress presentations ・Make an oral presentation on the progress of the original research
Class 10 Research methods for STS ① ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 11 Research methods for STS ② ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 12 Research methods for science and engineering ethics ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 13 Research methods for science and engineering ethics ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 14 Presentations based on the final drafts ① ・ Make an oral presentation based on the final draft
Class 15 Presentations based on the final drafts ② ・ Make an oral presentation based on the final draft

Textbook(s)

To be decided in consultation with the students enrolled.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be decided in consultation with the students enrolled.

Assessment criteria and methods

1) A short report on research methods and presentation(20%)
2) An oral and written work-in-progress report (10%)
3) Final draft and presentation of the original report (30%)
4)Reviews on basic and classic works in the fields (30%)
5) Active participation in class discussion(10%)

Related courses

  • LAH.T302 : History of Science C
  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C
  • LAH.T304 : Science and Technology for Society C
  • LAH.T305 : Ethics in Engineering C
  • SHS.S461 : Graduate Methodologies in Science, Technology and Society S1
  • SHS.S441 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society S1A
  • SHS.S442 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society S1B
  • SHS.S443 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1A
  • SHS.S443 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1A
  • SHS.S444 : Graduate Lecture in Science, Technology and Society F1B

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

It is desirable to have taken the above mentioned courses.

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