NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
S1T 2010 DLC
Peter J. QuareQuio, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science, Assistant Professor of Biology/Adjunct Faculty; Academic Director
B of Arts in BiologyM of Arts in BiologyLifetime Administrative Credential
Luke Air Force Base Luke, Arizona
Set upon request; available 24 hours per day
January 11, 2010 to March 7, 2010
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: Course TEXTBOOK Required: The Demon Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark by Dr. Carl Sagan. Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1996. ISBN: 0-345-40946-9. Dr. Sagan's book is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science and Technology. Jargon is avoided, and no scientific background or prior scientific education is required for readers of this book. In addition to being available from the MBS Bookstore , the Demon Haunted World is available in many libraries as well as larger bookstores. The soft cover edition is priced at about $14.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Science for All Americans Online from the American Association for the Advancement of Science available in its entirety online at:
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"Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn." -Attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Also credited in a slightly different form as a Chinese proverb.
Science as Inquiry
Science, technology and society teaching should emphasize understanding of concepts and the process of scientific inquiry, rather than rote memorization.
Student conceptual understanding is best attained by applying the concepts and the process of inquiry to real world concerns and issues relating to science and technology that directly impact, interest or concern students.
“Understanding science is more than knowing facts.” Quoted from How Students Learn Science in Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning published by the National Academy of Sciences. Available online in its entirety at: http://books.nap.edu/html/inquiry_addendum/
“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of facts.” Dr. Carl Sagan – noted astronomer and author of the NS 304 textbook.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
NS 304 will also incorporate some aspects of a "blended" course. Resources and materials relating to NS 304 and its subject matter will also be provided in Park's online eCompanion system.
Grading is as per the Grading Plan below.
The midterm exam, course issue position paper, and proctored final exam are the major graded individual items. In addition, homework assignments and in class participation/ discussion also cumulatively account for 25% of the course grade.
In assignments and/ or in class, research, analysis, study, discussion and debate of specific issues and cases relating to STS are emphasized.
Concepts are also developed through the text, online reference resources (provided by the instructor or discovered and shared by the participants), in class discussion, in class presentation of the position/ problem solution paper, required for the course, etc.
Participants are strongly encouraged to select or volunteer STS related issues and topics for in class analysis and discussion. Because the impacts of science and technology are so widespread and powerful, this gives participants substantial latitude for selecting and analyzing issues that are genuinely meaningful and personally relevant.
Because NS 304 emphasizes conceptual understanding and independent critical thinking, rote memorization of facts is kept to an absolute minimum. Furthermore, participants are encouraged to constructively disagree with the instructor, and with their NS 304 colleagues, regarding S&T related issues that are examined and analyzed.
As long as participants first seek out, examine, and weigh evidence and arguments for conflicting positions on STS related issues, they are free to reach any position that their independent analysis and personal value system leads them to. Even if it disagrees with the instructor's position. (For example, participants are quite likely to arrive at conflicting positions on the desirability of fetal tissue research or human cloning, whether global warming is a real and very serious problem, etc.) Constructive disagreement in an atmosphere of mutual respect -- "disagreeing without being disagreeable" -- is encouraged. As Dr. Carl Sagan puts it, "Valid criticism does you a favor."
Course Grading Scale (in %'s):
Takehome Midterm examination 15%
Final examination 30%
Class participation & assignments** 25%
Position paper 30%
The course grading scale is as follows: A = 90-100 B = 80-89 C = 70-79 D = 60-69 F = 0-59
**Important Note: Because of the issue oriented, active learning approach of this course, every participant must actively and regularly participate in the classroom discussion. This will maximize the benefit (and grade) to the individual student and the entire online class.
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 course. However, I do recognize that some of you may be actively serving in the U.S. military, or may have nonmilitary professional obligations, family emergencies, or the like that occasionally force you to delay your participation. If you ever have circumstances which may unavoidably delay your submission of work, or your attendance, please notify me via email as soon as possible, and, if your circumstances warrant, I will try to work with you.
BEFORE CLASS 1:
Because this is an accelerated class having just eight class meetings, you are asked to complete the following BEFORE class 1:
Please send an email to Peter.QuareQuio@park.edu before the first class with the following information –
Your Name, Contact Phone Numbers, Preferred email address, Major, Class Standing (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), What you want to gain from this class.
Week 1 Reading Assignment: (please read before first class)
Read all of: Chapter 1, "The Most Precious Thing" and Chapter 2, "Science and Hope" and Chapter 21, "The Path to Freedom" in text (Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark).
Class: Introductory exercises. Science, technology and society - introduction to basic concepts. Course overview. Accessing and evaluating information. Class discussion online.
Assignment for Week 2
Week 2 Reading Assignment:
Chapter 19, "No Such Thing as a Dumb Question" and Chapter 17, "The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder." Skim read Chapter 23, "Maxwell and the Nerds" from text (Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark)
Assignment for Week 3
Read: Skim read Chapter 3, "The Man in the Moon and the Face on Mars" and skim read Chapter 13, "Obsessed with Reality" in Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Assignment for Week 4
Read: Chapter 12 carefully, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection". Chapter 12 is an especially important chapter in Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World -- Science as a Candle in the Dark.
Assignment for Week 5
Read: Chapter 14, "Antiscience" and Chapter 16, "When Scientists Know Sin" in text
Midterm Exam next week.
Assignment for Week 6
Read: Chapter 5, "Spoofing and Secrecy" in text.
Written assignment -- analyze impacts of science and technology on a career or profession of your choice. (More info on this in class online during the term.)
Technology and the nature of jobs and work. “How will science and technology affect “MY” (your) chosen career and how can I best prepare?” Discussion
Assignment for Week 7
Read: Skim Chapter 23, "Maxwell and the Nerds" and Chapter 25, "Real Patriots Ask Questions" in text
Course issue position papers due.
presentations and group discussion of course issue position papers.
2/27 to 3/1-4 3/6
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