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Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 415

Science and Technology Studies (STS)
Science and technology studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science and technology (S&T) and their relationship with human beings and the societies, polities and cultures they inhabit. The course thus explores the central – if not determining – role of S&T in modern societies by providing a critical analysis of the philosophical, sociological, political, economic and moral conditions and choices they confront us with.
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時間割/共通科目コード
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教員
学期
時限
4974150
GII-IA6415L3
Information, Technology, and Society in Asia 415
ダルグリーシュ ブレガム
A1 A2
月曜3限
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福武ホール B2階・福武ラーニングスタジオ3
講義使用言語
英語
単位
2
実務経験のある教員による授業科目
NO
他学部履修
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授業計画
There are two objectives to Science and Technology Studies, viz., to enhance knowledge (objectives 1-2) as well as to develop some key abilities (objectives 3-4). At the end of the course, students should be able to: 1) grasp the central role of S&T – both positive and negative – in the modern world and articulate the competing visions of the relationship between society and technology, as well as their dynamic interaction; 2) appreciate the politics of the technologies that impinge upon the human being and the cultural transformations they induce; 3) elucidate to what extent theories enable us to understand and explain practices (instead of simply learning facts and values); 4) analyse complex ideas and to apply them pragmatically, as well as to disentangle the nuances of sophisticated language and arguments.
授業の方法
Each session commences with a brief lecture that gives an overview of the topic, which is followed by an interactive seminar based on selected readings, case studies, documentary films and interviews. The assumption is that the acquisition of understanding is as much a question of learning by doing and speaking as it is of learning by thinking.
成績評価方法
Short Response Paper (20%) Research Paper (50%) Participation (20%) Presentation (10%)
教科書
Selection of articles provided by the course convenor.
参考書
Not applicable
履修上の注意
Whilst a familiarity with the life and natural sciences, economics, sociology, philosophy, political science or cultural studies would be of benefit, it is not imperative. There are therefore no formal academic prerequisites for the course, although all previous knowledge is useful, though none is assumed. Instead, students should be open to an interdisciplinary approach to the enigma of S&T in modernity.