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Issues & Ethics In Science

This course examines the nature of science and some of the technologies that have been developed using the scientific process. Every new technology affects society in some way, usually bringing hope, as well as potential problems for the future. By studying technologies from a historical perspective, to the present, and into future, students will be challenged to identify and analyze controversial issues associated with these developments. Topics include technologies relating to information and communication, biology and health (e.g. organ transplants, reproductive interventions, biotechnology and genetic engineering), and energy. Through discussions, research, and presentations, students will acquire a basic understanding of ethics, critical thinking and decision-making as they relate to developments in science and technology.