Science, Technology & Society
ST 112 Science, Technology, and Society
This course provided students with an introduction to the interactions of science, technology and society and serves as a gateway to further study in STS at Colby.
Learning Outcomes: This course is writing intensive, and taught with the support of Academic ITS and the Writer’s Center. You will be a better writer at the end of the semester. One objective of the course is to develop sensitivity to and an awareness of the pervasive influences of science and technology on our lives and in the world around us. A second objective is to introduce disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of these influences, specifically by studying the history and social dimensions of particular issues, their scientific and technical aspects, and by debating the often-controversial ethical choices they present us. A third objective is to develop skills in discussion, analysis, research, writing, and presentation in this interdisciplinary field.
Lectures, readings, discussion, weekly blog post “think pieces,” four critical essays, two poster presentations, and several extra credit guest speakers. Students will engage in extensive revisions of their written work and will learn how to share their ideas using WordPress and in poster sessions. Your input, through regular attendance, active discussion, and group participation, is crucial to making the course work.
Blogs and Essays
In your writing, you should focus on a particular topic, ask critical questions, present a clear theme or thesis, marshal supporting evidence and opinions, and provide clear and reasoned answers to your questions. We will be discussing three writing strategies: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos, all of which should find expression in your work. Papers must be thoroughly documented using any major style. Your papers must demonstrate your engagement with a topic and represent your own opinions and conclusions, not just repeat those of others. You will have the opportunity to revise each of these essays. Here are some practical points:
• Give your blog or paper a snappy title.
• State the thesis in the first paragraph.
• Develop a thematic argument with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
• Develop your argument and give an example or two if appropriate.
• Focus on completed paragraph formation.
• Avoid generalities and avoid trying to accomplish too much in the space allotted.
• Develop your ability to express yourself verbally and in print.
• End with a strong, memorable conclusion.
• Spell-check, grammar-check, and idea-check your paper.
• Read your paper aloud to a friend and discuss it, then revise it before handing it in.
• The writing tutor reads and comments on your first draft.
• The professor reads and comments on your final draft, which is posted on the weblog.
• Be proud of your language skills: Clear thinking and clear writing go hand-in-hand.