Oct 20, 2019  
2016-2017 Official General Catalog 
2016-2017 Official General Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SOS 120 - Science, Technology, and Democratic Society

A study of the interaction of the forces of science and technology with the major institutions (i.e., govt., industry, family, education, and organized religion) of contemporary democratic society.  Analysis of differing viewpoints on the role of a scientific technology with respect to key public policy issues (i.e., genetic engineering, fetal tissue research, pollution, space exploration, information management, weapons development, evolution/creationism debate, communications, etc.).  Satisfies the Civic Education requirement.

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1.  Identify concepts in the social sciences relevant to the study of the social roles of science and technology.
2.  Discuss the social and political context within which science and technology evolve.
3.  Describe some of the major historical changes in the social roles of science and technology in Western societies.
4.  Identify some of the current issues and problems in science and technology in terms of their social and political roles and influence.
5.  Evaluate various solutions to problems raised by science and technology in contemporary society.

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