Note: The official syllabus for this class is this web site, NOT any printed version. The general objectives and expectations described below will not change during the term. However, specific readings and due dates may vary. Any changes will be posted, and students are responsible for visiting the site frequently to make sure they have the most current information.
Objectives and Expectations Objectives: This course will examine the relationships among science, technology, and society (STS) in the modern world. We will start by looking at some of the general issues in STS: the nature of science and technology; the institutional contexts of scientific and technological production; the effects of modern science and technology on work, leisure, and health; race, gender, and class issues in science and technology; and the interactions among science, technology, and culture. We will then look at a series of case studies to explore these issues in greater depth, concluding with reflections and readings on the role of science and technology in an increasingly global and interdependent world. At the end of this course, students should have the following knowledge and skills:
Required Texts (Available at the Bookstore):
Grading and Assignments
The major assignments are listed below. See the links to the Assignments page for details and due dates.
Late Work, Rewrites: All work for this course must be turned in on the announced dates. Because due dates will be posted on this web site, missing class is not an excuse for not knowing the due date. Late work will be penalized one letter grade unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. You may rewrite up to three (3) assignments. Rewrites are due one week after I return the original assignment.
Attendance is required. I will take attendance each day, and poor attendance (more than four absences) can hurt your grade. Good attendance includes being on time. Being late twice counts as one absence.
Preparation: You should complete assigned readings before class. If you have questions about the readings, you should write them down and ask me to explain during class. You should take notes on the readings and on class lectures. I reserve the right to give unannounced quizzes to test whether students are doing the readings.
Participation: You are at Teikyo Loretto Heights in part to learn English and in part to receive an American-style education. For these reasons, I will ask you questions in class, and I encourage you to ask me questions. Students who participate by asking questions and contributing to discussions will be rewarded. One way to do this is to write down a question before class and ask me the question during class, as mentioned above under "Preparation."
Academic Honesty: In this class, some assignments will be individual, and some will be group. For individual assignments, academic honesty means doing your own work. You may not copy from other students, and you may not let other students copy your work. For group assignments, on the other hand, academic honesty means contributing to the work of the group. If you do not, you are getting credit for work you didn't do.
For all assignments, you should use quotations and ideas from sources to support what you say. If you quote or use specific information from a text, you must tell me where you found it-that is, you must CITE YOUR SOURCES. If I find you guilty of academic dishonesty, you will have to rewrite the assignment. The second time, you will fail the assignment, with no chance for a rewrite. The third time you will fail the course.
Incompletes: I give an incomplete only if a student is unable for good reasons to complete a small portion of the assignments for a course. Good reasons include illness or accident; generally speaking, too much work in other courses is not a good reason. I will not give an incomplete simply because a student is afraid of getting a low grade.
Computers: Every student in this class has an IBM-compatible laptop computer with Windows95, Microsoft Office, Netscape, and network capability. I expect students to bring their computers to class and use them to take notes, get and turn in assignments, share files for group projects, and search the Internet for relevant information. Classnotes and assignments will be available from the web site and the network server at Shared Student/STS.
Last Update: April 20, 1998