2019 Science and Technology for Society A

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Humanities and social science courses
Shirabe Masashi 
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Course description and aims

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).

Student learning outcomes

(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

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course consists mainly of lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction
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


Not required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Reference book: A. F. Chalmers, What is this thing called Science? 4th Edition, Hackett Publishing Company.
Hand out materials as needed.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

Related courses

  • LAH.T205 : Science and Technology for Society B
  • LAH.T304 : Science and Technology for Society C

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