Singapore University of Social Sciences

Science, Technology, and Society

Science, Technology, and Society (SOC371)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Synopsis

SOC371 Science, Technology, and Society examines the complex interaction between science, technology, and society. Science and technology do not deterministically transform social structure and practice. The society plays an important role in shaping not only how science and technology impacts society but also science and technology itself. We will explore how social, political, cultural and material conditions shape scientific work and technological innovation, how technology embodies and reproduces societal values and priorities, how scientific knowledge changes our self-perception, and how technology affects social relations and civic participation. Throughout the course, we will strive to figure out the ongoing, open-ended entanglements between science, technology, and society.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Introduction
  • Social structural and institutional foundations of science
  • Science and boundaries
  • The social context of technological innovation
  • Feminist critique of science and technology
  • Actor-network theory
  • Institutional decision making and scientific facts
  • Technology and inequality
  • The Internet and the restructuring of relationships and identities
  • Social media and civic engagement
  • Technologies of the future
  • Singapore Biopolis

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the production, dissemination, and utilisation of science and technology in contemporary society
  • Analyse the interaction between science, technology, and society from sociological perspectives
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how societal values and priorities are embedded in and reproduced by technological arrangements
  • Apply course content to personal experiences as well as issues related to science, technology, and society
  • Evaluate arguments and explanations on science, technology, and society
  • Develop skills in sociological thinking and written and spoken expression
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