Why should we explore the relationship between science, technology and society?
科學與技術對人類的生活有深遠影響，尤其在數位運算、網際網路、基因、奈米等科技高度發展與影響下，今日社會生活的變動更是劇烈。藉由既有科技與社會研究（science, technology and society studies, 簡稱STS）的研究取徑與案例，本課程探討科技的研發、推廣、使用，與社會影響層面，以及其中牽扯的科學家、工程師、廠商、政府、民眾等各種團體的關連。這種思考下，課程一開始由工程師與科學家的活動所建構出的科技世界與視界出發，探討發明、創新活動背後的複雜歷程，再由科學知識與技術物中介隱含的政治與權力關係，思考使用者、公眾、產業、專業的脈絡特質，以及科技爭議辯論，希望提供更為開放思考科技、社會與個人生涯之政治性與可能性。
Science and technology have a profound impact on human life. Especially in the highly developments and influences of technologies such as digital operation, Internet, genetics, nanotechnology, the changes in social life today are even more dramatic. With the existing researches and cases of STS (science, technology and society studies), this course will explore the development, promotion, use and social impact aspect of technologies as well as the associations of scientists, engineers, manufacturers, governments, people, etc. Based on this kind of thinking, the course begins with the technological world built by the engineers’ and scientists’ actions and explore the complex processes behind invention and innovation activities. Then, by understanding the political and power relations implied by scientific knowledge and technology, students can think about the characteristics of users, public, industry, and profession. Students may also learn some debates on science and technology disputes. The professor hopes to provide more open thinking about the politics and possibilities of technology, society and personal career.
This course requires students highly interact and discuss with others. Through case discussions, practical exercises, and arrangements for data collection and analysis, this course hopes to provide science and engineering students with an opportunity to expand their social thinking from their profession-related issues. On the other hand, professor hopes the humanity and social science students can understand how other professions combine with technologies or even provide other possibilities. Professor hoped that this course can become a fusion point, so that the students can start from their own profession and develop the foundation of exploring the technology development. Professor hoped that this will help students become a “Technology-Society person” who has forward-looking, multi-thinking and reflective abilities.
Course design and requirements
The course is conducted by reading, group discussion, lecturing, group presentation, film watching and discussion. After the class, the teaching assistant will help each team to prepare the class report discussion. All of the discussion content should be uploaded to the teaching website system.
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Concepts and class activity map
★概念與案例說明 / Concepts
★ 課堂活動 / class activity map