COLL-E 104 22777 What is Science? And, Who Cares? (Cat)(S & H)(3 cr.)
This course surveys a very broad range of aspects of that complex world that for centuries has been identified as science: from facts to values; from basic notions of what we know (scientific models of matter, mind, life and society) and how we know it (methods of inquiry) to a number of aspects of science that reveal its important link to many aspects of human nature and culture (ethical, religious, political, cognitive and aesthetic values). In fact, science could not survive and develop without them. Science is radically human, so itís no surprise that it expresses what characterizes our humanity: the myriad of human capacities and conflicts, interests and resources, strengths and limitations. Science is an enduring part of our world, our history and our civilization. To ignore it is to dismiss and neglect all that, and to diminish our role and responsibilities in it. This course will prepare students to discover and appreciate a variety of factors in the complex and ever changing course of science. It will stimulate their awareness and curiosity and their motivation to want to know more and to explore these issues and others in more depth.
Textbook: Stevenson, L. and H. Byerly (1995) The Many Faces of Science (Westview Press).