DETAILED COURSE CONTENT



Course Code :

COMT42542


Title :
Science, Technology and Society

Type/Status :

Elective

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This theme-based course aims to provide an understanding of the historical, social, economic and political context within which scientific and technological advancement takes place. Innovation is a social product, often an expression of current ideology or a response to a social need. Technological and scientific innovation can transform the structure of society, its value system and institutions. This course will assess the impact, the benefits, consequences and implications of the inter-relationship between society and science and technology.
Learning Outcome : aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
By the end of this course unit students should be able to:
  • Trace key historical points in the relationship between science, technology and society.
  • Differentiate between various theoretical perspectives on the interrelationship of science, technology and society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political and economic context under which scientific and technological change takes place.
  • Apply, at an introductory level, principles of critical thinking skills in discussing the social responsibilities of engineers and scientists.


Course Content :

Philosophy of Science, History of Science and Technology, The Social and Political Context of science and technology, Population, Health & Biotechnology, Architecture, IT & Communications, Energy and society, technology and Environment, Advancing Technologies and the Future


Method of Teaching & Learning:

Lectures, Tutorials and Assignments

Scheme of Evaluation:

End Semester Examination, Assignments and Tests

The weights given to each component of the evaluation method is announced at the commencement of the module.



Recommended Readings: Hjorth, Linda S. Eichler, Barbara A. Khan, Ahmed S. &Morello John A. (2007) Technology and Society, a Bridge to the 21st Century, Third  Edition Columbus, Ohio: Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-092475-X

Teich, Albert H. (2012) Technology & the Future Twelfth  EditionBelmont. CA Thomson Wadsworth, ISBN 0-534-60277-0