NS304 Science, Technology, and Society

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NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society


S1M 2010 CH


Durham, Alicia Kramer


Adjunct Faculty


BS in Biology
MA in Anthropology
completing MEd in Adult Education

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Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 to March 7, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours


Society, and Technological Change 6th edition by Rudi Volti

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Course Description:
NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society (MLL) 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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain concepts of how and why science works and the many ways that science and technology affect our lives.
  2. Define and explain the processes of science and scientific inquiry.
  3. Discuss and illustrate relevant impacts of science and technology on individual lives, professions, and the global society.
  4. Demonstrate the analytical and critical thinking skills essential to making informed judgments and informed choices regarding science and technology.
  5. Analyze and determine statements that are based on science versus those that are not.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Debates, presentations, quizzes, class discussions, and final exam.



8 Quizzes at 10 points each
80 points
8 Weeks of Class Participation 10 points each
80 points
7 Debates at 20 points each
140 points
100 points
Final Exam
100 points
500 points

*grades are determined on a 10 point scale

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Class Projects are due the following class session after they are assigned and may be e-mailed. Extensions are granted with sufficient cause and advanced notice. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn off your cell phone ringer while in class.  Mind you, violation of this protocol will demand punishment -- though one that clearly does not infringe on your eighth amendment rights.  If someones cell phone rings during class, the offender must buy snacks for everyone next class period. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






Jan 11


Jan 13

Volti Ch 1 & 2

Rational Thought, Culture, & History

Video: Easter Island

Jan 18

King Day (no class)

research your historical technology

Quiz # 1 online

Jan 20

Volti Ch 3 & 4

Technological Change & Science
Is manned space travel a delusion?

Debate # 1

Jan 25

Volti Ch 5 & 6   

Diffusion & Technological Affects

Quiz # 2 online

Jan 27

Volti Ch 5 & 6

Diffusion & Technological Affects
Should DDT be banned worldwide?

Debate # 2

Feb 1

Volti Ch 7 & 8

Technology & Medicine

Quiz # 3 online

Feb 3


Is it Ethical to Clone Human Cells?

Debate # 3

Feb 8

Volti Ch 9, 10, & 11

Technology & Work 

Quiz # 4 online

Feb 10

Volti Ch 9, 10, & 11

Should the World’s Libraries be Digitized?

Debate # 4

Feb 15

Volti Ch 12 & 13 

Technology & Communication

Quiz # 5 online

Feb 17


Does the Internet Strength Social Connections?

Debate # 5

Feb 22

Volti Ch 14 & 15

Technology & War

Quiz # 6 online

Feb 24


Is it Time to Revive Nuclear Power?

Debate # 6
Video:  The Fog of War

March 1

Volti Ch 16, 17, & 18

Technology & Governing

Quiz # 7 online

March 3


Should Society Act Now to Halt Global Warming?
Final Exam Due by March 7

Debate # 7
Quiz # 8 online

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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