2018 Science and Technology for Society B

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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.)
Tue5-6(H135)  Fri5-6(H135)  
Group
-
Course number
LAH.T205
Credits
2
Academic year
2018
Offered quarter
1Q
Syllabus updated
2018/3/20
Lecture notes updated
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Language used
Japanese
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Course description and aims

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

Student learning outcomes

(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

Keywords

social responsibility of scientists; 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 in the final section (class 14 and 15).

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction
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
Class 15 Discussions

Textbook(s)

Yuko Fujigaki (eds.), Case analysis and theoretical concepts for science and technology studies, University of Tokyo Press (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Hand out materials as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise problems (40%) and a final report (60%)

Related courses

  • LAH.T104 : Science and Technology for Society A
  • LAH.T304 : Science and Technology for Society C

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

None.

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