College of Arts and Sciences | What is Science? And Who Cares? (S&H) (3 cr.)
E104 | 11499 | Cat


1:25 PM  2:15 PM MW
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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 its 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.