Science, Experts and Citizens

Course Code: NATS 1765 A 6.0

Instructor's Name: James Elwick

Course Description:

NATS 1765, "Science, Experts and Citizens", fulfills your general science, general education, credit. This particular course gives you tools to better think about science and technology, about expertise, and about how claims to knowing technical scientific facts interact with political and social arguments about those claims. The course has three central themes: the tension between scientific expertise and democracy, different ways of thinking about risk, and knowledge and ignorance. We learn about these themes by covering three cases - antivaccinationism, anthropogenic climate change and climate policy, and genetically engineered food. In all three cases you’ll receive a ‘technical primer’, but more importantly you'll learn how to ask the right questions about science, technology and society.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/NATS 1760 6.00.

Mathematical Content:

Minimal simple arithmetical calculation at about Grade 10 level.

Course Outlines:

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