NS 241 Cultural and Historical Aspects of the Scientific Endeavor
S2J 2006 PV
Schoof, Timothy D.
Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) EducationMaster of Science (MS) ChemistryMaster of Business Administration (MBA) Finance & Management
Cleveland Chiropractic College
11:00 to 12:00
March 13, 2006 to May 07, 2006
5:30 - 9:50 PM
This is an introductory course. There are no prerequisites.
Textbook: Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford,
New York, Fawcett Columbine
Black Pioneer of Science and Invention by Louis Haber
An Odyssey Book, Harcourt Brace and Company
Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles,
and Monentous Discoveries, 2nd Edition by Sharon Bertsch
McGrayne, Joseph Henry Press
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore
Course Description: A history of science is presented in terms of the multicultural aspects of our scientific heritage. Focus is upon the nature of scientific inquiry and the social factors affecting the participation of diverse groups of individuals in the advancement of science. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: There are three basic goals or outcomes in education:
Students should gain a thorough understanding of the subject. If students cannot apply what they learn, they have not learned it. Therefore, educators should teach and evaluate at the level of understanding and application.
Students should grow into independent learners and thinkers. In today's society, it is important for students to have the ability to find information, understand it, interpret it and analyze it.
Students should develop an appreciation for the subject. Students who appreciate the subject will respect and continue to study the material. In addition, they will use what they learn.
Teachers can accomplish these three outcomes by knowing and staying current in their subject; inspiring their students to learn; presenting the subject in a clear and interesting format; motivating students by teaching the important material and making the material relative to students' lives.
My philosophy of education is simple. The job of education is to teach the subject, to motivate students to learn, to inspire them to continue and to create independent learners.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Journal ......................................... 100 pts
Class Participation .............................. 100 pts
Reaction Papers .................................. 100 pts
Presentation (1) ................................ 100 pts
Total 400 pts
Late Submission of Course Materials: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes. No late work will be accepted.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Standards of student conduct are published in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. Students observed violating these standards of professional and personal conduct will be asked to leave class and an incident report will be submitted to the Dean's office, which may result in additional disciplinary action.
Please turn off all pagers, cellular phones and other disruptive devices or place on vibrate while in class. Please refer to your student handbook and/or class catalog for additional information.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: I. Historical and Scientific Aspects
A. Introduction (week 1)
Discussion: Experiences with bigotry and discrimination
Film: Scientific Method
B. Scientific Method (week 2)
Discussion: Who should control scientific knowledge and is there something's that we just should not investigate.
Film: “And the Band Played On”
C. Science History and Ethics (week 3)
Discussion: The female lab assistant
Film: Ethical dilemma's in science
II. Cultural Aspects
A. Women Scientist (week 4)
Read: Nobel Prize Women in Science
Discussion: Derogatory statements and labeling
“Label cans not people”
Film: “Women in Science”
B. Homosexual contributions to science (week 5)
Discussion: Is discrimination ok in some cases? (rights vs. privileges)
Film: Decoding Nazi Secrets
C. Black and Latino Scientists (week 6)
Read: Black Pioneers of Science and Invention.
Discussion: Freedom of speech vs. Rights of the individual
Film: “Black Inventors and Scientist”
D. Native American and Asian contributors to Science (week 7)
Read: Indian Givers
Discussion: Religion's contribution
Film: “Native Americans”
E. Presentations (week 8)
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87Violations of Academic Honesty will result in an "F" in the course.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87Plagiarism will result in an "F" in the course.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .