This course examines the effect of science on society through the use of sample readings and websites, and by encouraging students to discover their own collection of resources on science in modern society.
The course begins with a summary of the historical development of scientific ideas; then examines the advances, functions, and implications of science in society. The discussion includes social forces that can lead to misuse of science and/or science fraud and focuses on current and future controversies in life sciences and technological innovation as examples of the influence of science on daily life. The powerful presence of science in society raises a number of questions that the course explores: What is science? Is science truly objective and autonomous? How does-and how should-society use science?
This upper-level course requires a significant amount of reading, Web research, independent work, and conference-based discussion. This course is suitable for students completing degrees in disciplines such as science, engineering, humanities, fine arts, social science, education, business, and general studies.
60 credits. It is recommended that you have previous university-level courses in history, science, or social science to enroll in this course.
Students with credit for HUMN 300 may not take this course for further credit.
The course consists of four units, each of which contains a number of sections devoted to particular topics:
Unit 1: Science: an Overview
Unit 2: Societal Influences
Unit 3: Life Science Issues
Unit 4: Issues in Technology
You will be consulting a variety of resources throughout the course. Links to the electronic resources (articles and Web resources) are provided. Please note that no course package is sent to students.
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50 % on the final mandatory project exam and 50 % overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:
Students must pass the final project exam to receive a passing grade in the course.