Courses for Science & Public Policy
Courses of Instruction
SCPP BC 3333x Genetics, Biodiversity & Society
Module I: Development and Valuation of Plant Genetic Resources. Science and
consequences of plant breeding, biotechnology, and genetic engineering; costs
and benefits of maintaining biodiversity; public policy issues and options.
Module II: Genetic Technology and Society. Human genome project, scientific
basis and interpretation of genetic screening; individual choice, social
implications, and ethical issues. - B. Morton (Biology), S. Pereira
(Economics), P. Ammirato (Biology)
Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required. Students should contact B. Morton. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
SCPP BC 3334y Science, State Power & Ethics
A comparative study of science in the service of the State in the U.S., the
former Soviet Union, Fascist Italy, and Nazi Germany during pivotal periods
through the first half of the 20th century. Topics to be covered include the
political and moral consequences of policies based upon advances in the
natural sciences making possible the development of TNT, nerve gas, uranium
fission and hydrogen fusion atomic bombs. Considers the tensions involved in
balancing scientific imperatives, patriotic commitment to the nation-state,
and universal moral principles and tensions faced by Robert Oppenheimer,
Andrei Sakharov, Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. Selected readings include:
Michael Frayn's play Copenhagen,Hitler's Uranium Club by
Jeremy Bernstein, Brecht's Galileo, John McPhee's The Curve of
Binding Energy, Richard Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb.- T. Halpin-Healy (Physics), R. Pious (Political Science)
Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to 10 students. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
4 points Seminar
SCPP BC 3335x Environmental Leadership, Ethics &
Reviews environmental literature to examine consequences of human interaction
with Earth's ecosystem. Module I: The Individual: Relationship of Humankind
to Natural World. Human role in environmental decline. Module II: The
Community: Coming Together for Greater Good. Key theories of environmental
ethics and social justice. Module III: Environmental Stewardship: Successful
Models of Leadership. Student teams research and create stewardship projects.
Science, non-science, fiction, and non-fiction texts. - D. Dittrick
(Environmental Science), R. Balmer (Religion)
Prerequisites: One year of college science. Enrollment limited to 16 students. Instructor's permission requirement. Contact D. Dittrick. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA).. BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values..
SCPP BC 3340x Exhibitions: Engaging Public
Museum exhibitions educate the public, inform discourse, and shape opinion. Students work with curators and exhibition designers on conceptualization and research, design and preparation, writing interpretative material, and developing media and ancillary programming. Students engage in the communication of learning goals through both the exhibition's content and its physical manifestation.- S. Pfirman (Environmental Science)
Corequisites: Enrollment limited to 18 students. Not offered in 2016-2017.