NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
S2T 2006 DLB
Winslow, Jerome C.
Ph.D. University of WyomingB.S. Penn State UniversityB.S. University of Michigan
714 Rose Ave., Big Rapids, Michigan, 49307
Textbook: The required text is The Demon Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan, Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1996. ISBN: 0-345-40946-9.
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Course Description: Relationship between science, technology, and society. Topics include: the two cultures, the relationship between basic science and technology, the effects of technology upon society, and possible future technologies. 3:0:3
Educational Philosophy: I am very excited about the opportunity to teach NS304 this semester. Even though we can give them separate names, science and technology are not independent from society. Rather, society could be thought of as an umbrella covering many social components, two of which are science and technology. Science and technology also interact; advances in science can lead to new technologies and new technologies can improve the ability of scientists to observe and measure. While teaching NS304, I will act as a guide for you to develop your own understanding of these interrelationships and how they could affect your life and career. As any guide should, I will keep things clear and as simple as possible. I will do my best to not get in your way.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Grading: Course Grading (in %'s):
Take-home Midterm examination 15%
Proctored* Final examination 30%
Class online participation & assignments** 25%
Position paper 30%
There are no weekly quizzes.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Work is expected to be submitted on time. It is very difficult to catch up when you fall behind in an accelerated online course. Online interaction works best when we are all “on the same page”.
Our course week runs from Monday to Sunday. Assignments are due at Sunday midnight. (Technically, the course runs on U.S. Mountain time, but you are welcome to submit your assignments by Sunday midnight according to your local time.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: N/A.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Quizes: There will be no weekly quizes for this course.
Homework: There will be weekly homework assignments.
Weekly On-line Discussion: Everyone will be expected to participate in the weekly discussions.
Paper One: During weeks 4 and 5 a short issue commentary paper will be required.
Paper Two: One eight to ten page equivalent (approximately 2000 words) written "paper" is required. Sharing these papers online and examining the issues and topics that they cover will be a major focus of the last two weeks of the term. This paper will help satisfy Park's requirements for a Liberal Learning (LL) course. This paper will be required for submission during week 6,
The mid-term exam will be a take-home exam. The questions will be given to you during week 4 and are due at the end of week 5. The first question will be paper one.
The final exam will be closed-book, open-note (2 sheets, both sides). You will be asked to answer 3 assigned questions from a much larger list of canidate questions which you will be given during week 7.
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 85-87
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 85-87
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. 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 .
I have an interdisciplinary background that has provided me with a broad perspective on the role of science and technology in our society. I have undergraduate degrees in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology, graduate work in cinema studies, high-altitude meteorology and high-energy astrophysics as well as a Ph.D. in Plant Ecophysiology and Ecosystem Modeling. My preparation for teaching NS304 includes over 20 years working experience in both applied science and pure scientific research. I have taught at the university level since 1994, working for Park University, the University of Wyoming, and Texas Tech University. In 2004, health problems forced me to leave Texas. I now live in Big Rapids, Michigan where, in addition to teaching on-line for Park, I have continued research through telecommuting with associates at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Last Updated:5/23/2006 3:55:11 PM