2016 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences15:Science and Technology for Society

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Academic unit or major
Humanities and social science courses
Instructor(s)
Shirabe Masashi 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Day/Period(Room No.)
Wed5-6(W521)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.S415
Credits
1
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
4Q
Syllabus updated
2017/1/11
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

The aims of this course are as follows.
- To foster researchers who consider social impacts of their research activities
- To have an ability to critically think about science

Student learning outcomes

(1) Strengthen the ability to study science from various perspectives and in a critical manner
(2) Have knowledge and skills to analyze case studies of STS

Keywords

social responsibility of researchers; scientific rationality; government and 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

Mainly in a lecture style. But, small group discussion might be introduced.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction
Class 2 Functions of academic papers and scientific misconducts To contemplate the best form of researchers
Class 3 Interface between engineering ethics and science and technology studies To understand context sensitiveness of "ethical behavior"
Class 4 Case study: Minamata disease To understand relation between science and political authority
Class 5 Case study; Itai-itai disease To understand relation between science and political authority
Class 6 Case study: FBR Monju To understand relation between science and government
Class 7 Case study: Low dose radiation after Fukushima nuclear plant accident To understand science for risk governance
Class 8 reflection

Textbook(s)

None.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Yuko Fujigaki (eds.), Lessons From Fukushima: Japanese Case Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Springer.
Hand out materials as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems (30%) and a final report (70%)

Related courses

  • LAH.T205 : Science and Technology for Society B

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

None.

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