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Science & Social Justice: teach

Gender, Race, Science & Technology

What can we learn about science and technology—and what can we do with that knowledge? Who are “we” in these questions?—whose knowledge and expertise gets made into public policy, new medicines, topics of cultural and political discourse, science education, and … Continue reading

Genes, Race, and Society

This course examines the historical development of theories of “race” in the Western world as applied to human social institutions. It utilizes a knowledge of the biological sciences that is accessible to non-major students. In particular it provides the student … Continue reading

History of Biotechnology

In this course, we will historically investigate biotechnology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, paying attention to how efforts to engineer life are grounded in social, cultural, and political contexts. Topics include reproductive technologies, genetic engineering and cloning, genetically modified foods, bioprospecting, genomics, stem … Continue reading

Introduction to Environmental Justice

This seminar will examine the interplay of race, socio-economic status, and interest group politics and the formulation and implementation of U.S. federal and state environmental policy. It will involve an interdisciplinary examination of some fundamental environmental problems faced by individuals … Continue reading

Medical Anthropology

This course explores the social and cultural contexts of health, disease, and healing.  We will focus on two central claims of medical anthropology: * Sickness involves more than biological dysfunction. It is also produced by larger scale forces, involving the … Continue reading

Problems of Identity at the Biology-Society Interface

This course will explore the entanglement of biological and social concepts in knowledge about racial and ethnic variation among human populations. The course compares the population genetics understanding of population variation and groupings to the sociological and anthropological conception of … Continue reading

Representations of HIV/AIDS

This class is meant to facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation of the representation of HIV/AIDS in many different media sources: science writing, journalism, visual art, literature, drama, and popular culture. At the core of this class is the organizing question: what … Continue reading

Science & Popular Movements

Science & Popular Movements This class focuses on the ways that different kinds of social movements have engaged science and technology. It focuses on examples from environmentalism and medical research to find examples of “popular science” where scientists and non-scientists … Continue reading

Science, Technology & Society

Science Technology & Society Dr. Jonathan Marks University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Science, Technology and Ethics

Who decides how science and engineering are done, who can participate in the scientific enterprise, and what problems are legitimately addressed within these disciplines and professions? Under what conditions has science aided and abetted racist or colonialist research projects? What … Continue reading

Scientific and Political Change

Prior to WW II, the American government played a relatively small role in the support of science, especially outside of its own institutions. That situation changed dramatically with the war and the Cold War that followed. We explore how these … Continue reading

Social Issues in Biology

“Social Issues in Biology” is a small reading and discussion class with a maximum of 20 students.  Using contemporary and historical examples, discussions examine the social, political and cultural factors that influence science and its presentation to the public.  Cases … Continue reading

Teaching Social Justice in the Physics Classroom

An overview of a six-day curriculum developed and used with high school senior physics students. For each day, there is a brief synopsis of what happens in class and notes the bigger-picture questions and goals to address that day. Also … Continue reading

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