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Fall 2014-2015
* POL 332 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in American Statesmanship - Science, Technology, and the American Way

Charles T. Rubin

In the course of United States history, scientists and statesmen have seen science and technology shaping and being shaped by our regime in different ways. Through materials such as autobiographies, campaign speeches, and science fiction, we will examine diverse views of the role scientific and technical expertise has in our republican political system. How do citizen virtues relate to those that produce expertise? With an eye to environmentalism and transhumanism, we will investigate to what extent founding principles of American liberal democracy are consistent with the powers science and technology give us over nature and over ourselves.

Sample reading list:
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantis
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward
Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography
Yuval Levin, Imagining the Future
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Most weeks not more than 150 pages of reading; Five 3-4 pages response papers; 4-5 page take-home final exam

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22045 L01 9:00 am - 9:50 am M W   McCosh Hall   2   Enrolled:11 Limit:
23751 P01 10:00 am - 10:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:5 Limit:14 Closed
23752 P02 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:6 Limit:14 Closed
22046 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled