Introduction to Science as Culture|
What are scientific facts? How do we know what we know? In this course, students will gain an introduction to thinking about science and technology as cultural practices shaped by power, politics, race, indigeneity, gender, and sexuality. Students will explore how anthropologists, long interested in how "culture" works, have recently turned their gaze toward critically examining the cultures of people in positions of technoscientific power, including nuclear scientists, Wall Street analysts, drone weapon designers, climate scientists, molecular biologists, and more. Students will also be trained in conducting ethnographic fieldwork on a group of experts in their own communities in order to ask questions about scientific rituals, truth-making, and distributions of power and privilege.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Major Readings: The course will engage with work by anthropologists and social theorists such as Joan Fujimura, Donna Haraway, Stefan Helmreich, Adriana Petryna, Kim TallBear, Steve Epstein, Tom Boellstorff, Karen Ho, Lisa Messeri, Joe Dumit, and more.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly memo writing (300 words)
|Instructor(s): Thakor,Mitali Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 5||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 5||FR: X|