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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 interact in surprising ways: 1) where non-scientists challenge scientists’ authority and knowledge, 2) where scientists act like a social movement, and 3) where scientists and regular people work together, sometimes cooperatively and sometimes competitively, to generate knowledge.

Dr. Aaron Panofsky
University of California Los Angeles

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