This course trains students to apply critical thinking to issues of science, technology and society (STS). To that end, complex topics requiring comprehension from many angles will be selected. One class will be a lecture outlining the topic, and the next class will consist of a discussion among the students.
The aims of this course are for students to:
(1) be able to express views critical of science in a logical manner and
(2) experience and learn from using the technique of critical thinking.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Consider problems involving science and technology, and society from multiple points of view, including those different from their own.
(2) Learn and utilize the basic methods necessary for critical thinking.
critical thinking; meta thinking
|Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
A set of two classes are set aside for each topic: a lecture and a discussion among students.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 2||GMO １||To understand how to identify points of argument|
|Class 3||GMO ２||To understand how to identify points of argument|
|Class 4||Implementation of outcomes of neuroscience 1||To understand sensible discussion|
|Class 5||Implementation of outcomes of neuroscience 2||To understand sensible discussion|
|Class 6||Smoking should be prohibited or not? 1||To point out tacit assumptions|
|Class 7||Smoking should be prohibited or not? 2||To interpret statistical data|
|Class 8||To promote breast cancer screening or not? 1||To visualize points of contention|
|Class 9||To promote breast cancer screening or not? 2||To visualize points of contention|
|Class 10||How can we tackle global warming? １||To think critically on meta-science|
|Class 11||How can we tackle global warming? 2||To think critically on meta-science|
|Class 12||Can we justify public investments to space science and exploration ? 1||To understand "framing"|
|Class 13||Can we justify public investments to space science and exploration ? 2||To understand "framing"|
|Class 14||Animal experiments 1||To understand reasoning based on the assumption|
|Class 15||Animal experiments 2||To understand reasoning based on the assumption|
Tetsuji Iseda et al. (eds.), Thinking critically on science, technology and society, Nagoya University Press (in Japanese)
Hand out materials as needed.
Submission of assignments on each topic and participation in class discussion (40%) and a final report (60%)