Fall 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: None
Substantial selections from M. Biagioli, ed. SCIENCE STUDIES READER, plus extensive on-line reserve reading.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three to four papers.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students majoring in Science in Society may count this course as their required sociocultural studies of science course.