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Spring 2014-2015
GHP 404 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Science, Society, and Health Policy

Yi-Ching Ong

This seminar introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of science and society studies, which investigates how science both shapes and reflects social values, institutions, and policies. Drawing from diverse perspectives, including philosophers, historians, economists and scientists, the course will examine the relationship between science and society and provide critical tools and conceptual frameworks for addressing contemporary debates on how science should be practiced and disseminated for social benefit. The primary focus will be on the life sciences and health with occasional consideration of other areas of science and policy.

Sample reading list:
Kitcher, Philip, Science in a Democratic Society
Kuhn, Thomas, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Douglas, Heather, Science, Policy, and the Value-Free Ideal
Beckwith, Jon, Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in Science

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students should expect to spend 4-5 hours on reading per week, both from books and journal articles. Students will write five 2-3 pp. response papers of the course of the semester. Students will be responsible for selecting a week to lead discussion; during this week they will prepare an oral presentation of one of the course readings

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A basic science course or permission of the instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43052 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm M   Wallace Hall   002   Enrolled:6 Limit:20