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GEB2504 Science, Technology, and Society: Home

Course Description

This course introduces students to science and technology studies (STS), an increasingly influential field that draws on sociological, anthropological, historical, and philosophical methods to analyze the relations and interactions between science, technology, and society. This course is structured into two sections. The first section reviews mainstream theories and critiques of STS. The second section explores the specificity of science as a social institution.

Recommended Books

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

The purpose of this book is to represent the conception of scientific progress, the means by which scientific beliefs are produced, the scientific realism that says that science aims at truth and employs methods that achieve that aim, and the distinction between context of discovery and context of justification. The main idea of this book is that the pattern of scientific change exists in this way- normal science, crisis, extraordinary science, new phase of normal science. Normal science is built on and built by paradigms, which are exemplary instances of puzzle-solving in that discipline that provides a context and a model for future puzzle-solving. Extraordinary science is revolutionary.

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature

This book analyzes accounts, narratives, and stories of the creation of nature, living organisms, and cyborgs. Part One examines feminist struggles over the modes of producing knowledge about, and the meanings of, the behavior and the social lives of monkeys and apes. Part Two explores contests for the power to determine stories about nature and experience. Part Three focuses on cyborg embodiment, the fate of various feminist concepts of gender, reappropriations of metaphors of vision for feminist ethical and epistemological purposes, and the immune system as a biopolitical map of the chief systems of difference in a postmodern world.

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