Spring 2008 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
Philosophers have traditionally construed scientific knowledge as achieved and assessed by individual knowers. Some recent theorists have instead placed greater emphasis upon the epistemic significance of scientific communities, disciplines, or practices and taken seriously the social and cultural context of scientific research. This course looks closely at some of the issues that have been most important for scholars studying scientific work, including differences between experimental, field, and theoretical science; career trajectories in science; connections between science and its various publics; the politics of scientific expertise; the globalization of science; and conceptual exchange between sciences and other discursive practices. The concept of the social will also receive critical attention in its purported contrasts to what is individual, natural, rational, or cultural.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)(SISP)(SISP-Phil Mind)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Substantial selections from: M. Biagioli, ed. SCIENCE STUDIES READER
Kitcher, SCIENCE, TRUTH AND DEMOCRACY
Latour, SCIENCE IN ACTION
Gould, MISMEASURE OF MAN
plus extensive reserve readings
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One take-home essay; one research term paper; biweekly written questions or comments for discussion, submitted in advance of Friday class sessions.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
For students majoring in Science in Society, this course fulfills the core requirement in sociocultural studies of science.
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