How can science and scientific facts be defined? What role do researchers and academic papers play in the formation of such "facts?" Conversely, from the viewpoint of "forming facts," what behavior is required of researchers? The instructor will lecture on such introductory issues.
The aims of this course are to:
(1) look at science from a higher perspective,
(2) have students gain a basic awareness of the roles and responsibilities of researchers in addition to the details of their research, and
(3) stimulate interest in the study of science, technology, and society (STS).
(1) Understand sophisticated view of science.
(2) Understand basic rules of academic writing and can consider the rules in relation to roles of science/scientists.
sophisticated views of science; academic paper; scientific facts
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This course consists mainly of lectures. However, the last section (classes 7 and 8) will include discussions.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 2||A naive view of science||To understand weak points of logical positivism|
|Class 3||Sophisticated views of science||To understand falsificationism and paradigm theory.|
|Class 4||Paper production and researchers' daily lives||To understand functions and forms of academic papers.|
|Class 5||Scientific misconducts from the viewpoints of paper production||To know current situation of scientific misconducts.|
|Class 6||"Sciences" around low-dose radiation||To understand Linear Non-threshold (LNT) model.|
|Class 7||Science and Technology Policy||To understand a basic concept of S&T policy|
|Class 8||Reflection||To reflect this courses|
Reference book: A. F. Chalmers, What is this thing called Science? 4th Edition, Hackett Publishing Company.
Hand out materials as needed.
Exercise problems (40%) and a final report (60%)