2019 Graduate Methodologies in Science, Technology and Society S1

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Social and Human Sciences
Instructor(s)
Fudano Jun  Shirabe Masashi  Nakajima Hideto  Bektas Yakup  Takuwa Yoshimi  Sugimoto Mai  Satou Kenichi  Majima Shunzo 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(W9-407)  
Group
-
Course number
SHS.S461
Credits
2
Academic year
2019
Offered quarter
1-2Q
Syllabus updated
2019/3/25
Lecture notes updated
-
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
Class 3 Research methods for history of science 2 ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 4 Periodisation of technology ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 5 System technology in the ancient write a short review ・Make a presentation based on the review
Class 6 Technology during Hellenism ・Decide the subject and research method of one's paper
Class 7 Neo Platonism ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 8 The development of research for Medieval technology ・Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 9 Twelfth Century Renaissance ・Make an oral presentation on the progress of the original research
Class 10 Emergence of universities Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 11 Theory of the Scientific Revolution Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 12 Research methods for science and engineering ethics FCritically examine the reading assignment and write a short review
Class 13 Research methods for science and engineering ethics Critically examine the reading assignment and write a short 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 a presentation based on the final draft

Textbook(s)

Hideto Nakajima, Science in Society (in Japanese), NHK Books

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Please see referenced books in the text book above.

Assessment criteria and methods

Term paper 60%, comment sheet at the end of lectures 40%

Related courses

  • LAH.T202 : History of Science B
  • LAH.T302 : History of Science C
  • LAH.T203 : History of Technology B
  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C

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

Graduate level knowledge for history of science and technology, and philosophy of science

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