Science and Society

The Science and Society program studies the complex, interdependent relationship between science, technology, and society. The influence of scientific research and its applications is evident in virtually all aspects of modern life, from our conception of societal obligation and familial relations, to our interaction with the commonplace materials and objects we use to sustain ourselves. However, scientific and technological development is in turn affected by and shaped by politics, public opinion, moral beliefs and cultural practices. Courses in this program explore topics such as ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, science-related policy and politics, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.

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