What is social responsibility of scientists? How should society govern science and technology? What should scientists communicate with citizens? Through various cases, I will have participants tackle such problems.
The aims of the course are as follows.
- To foster scientists who consider social impacts of research
- To enhance participants' awareness of various aspects of complex problems
(1) Strengthen ability to study science from various perspectives and in a critical manner
(2) Have basic knowledge and skills to analyze case studies of STS
social responsibility of scientists; scientific rationality; government and science
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Mainly in a lecture style. But, small group discussion in the final section (class 14 and 15).
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 2||What is things called science?||To have a critical perspective on science|
|Class 3||academic papers and research evaluation||To build the habit of challenging subjectivities of numbers|
|Class 4||Functions of academic papers and scientific misconducts||To contemplate the best form of researchers|
|Class 5||Interface between engineering ethics and science and technology studies||To understand context sensitiveness of "ethical behavior"|
|Class 6||Case study: Minamata disease||To understand relation between science and political authority|
|Class 7||Case study; Itai-itai disease||To understand relation between science and political authority|
|Class 8||Case study: FBR Monju||To understand relation between science and government|
|Class 9||Case study: Trials regarding HIV-contaminated blood products||To understand relation between science and government|
|Class 10||Case study: Winny (P2P File-sharing software)||To understand relation between science and government|
|Class 11||Case study: BSE scare||To understand science for risk governance|
|Class 12||Case study: Treatment of medical waste||To understand science for risk governance|
|Class 13||Case study: Low dose radiation after Fukushima nuclear plant accident||To understand science for risk governance|
|Class 14||Debate: Blood type personality theory||To have an opportunity for self-reflection|
Yuko Fujigaki (eds.), Case analysis and theoretical concepts for science and technology studies, University of Tokyo Press (in Japanese)
Hand out materials as needed.
Exercise problems (50%) and a final report (50%)