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Douglas Mercer
B CUSP 140
Bothell Campus

Scientific Journeys

Offers introductory practice in laboratory and quantitative techniques, a history of one or more of the sciences, and reflection on the relationship between science and its function in the larger society. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Despite formal exposure to science, people everywhere are shaped by the pervasive presence of science in social life, not to mention technological innovation. Like it or not, aware of it or not, even our habits of thought have been shaped and rocked by the idea of science. Along with readings, lectures and discussion this course will deepen your appreciation of the complicated relationship between science, technology, society and your life. This is a W course.

Student learning goals

Understand the principles and ideals of science

Understand science as a social practice

Distinguish between scientific and metaphysical belief systems

Find and evaluate scientific information that relates to your personal life

Understand science as a social practice

General method of instruction

In class and on line discussions Group project Mini lectures and Invited speakers

Recommended preparation

College level library research (concurrently or previously) College level expository writing (concurrently or previously) One course in a social or natural science (not required)

Class assignments and grading

Apply science to your life REPORT 25% Observe a scientist ESSAY 25% Do a GROUP PROJECT 25% DISCUSS science 25%

Variable by assignment, but in general: evidence that work grapples with concepts relevant to the assignment/course goals quality of composition and organization timeliness honesty


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Douglas Mercer
Date: 02/12/2010