EGR 205 : Science, Technology, and Ethics

TitleEGR 205 : Science, Technology, and Ethics
Publication TypeSyllabi
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsRiley, D
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractTaught by Dr. Donna Riley during the 2012 academic year, this undergraduate course explores the following. Who decides how science and engineering are done, who can participate in the scientific enterprise, and what problems are legitimately addressed within these disciplines and professions? Under what conditions has science aided and abetted racist or colonialist research projects? What are the roles of technology, culture, and economic systems in the drive toward bigger, faster, cheaper, and more automated production of goods, and what are the consequences for human relationships and for the environment? When technology provides means for control, for example in military, information, reproductive or environmental applications, what rights and responsibilities follow? Using readings from philosophy, science and technology studies, and feminist and postcolonial science studies, we will examine such questions and encounter new models of science and engineering that are responsive to ethical issues.