Summary: SCED370- Science and Society- Fall 2011
Meeting: SL240; MWF 12:00-12:50.
Phone/email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-3653
Office Hours: BI 309: M 14-16, T 12:30-13:30, W: 13-15
Textbook: Easton, T. A. 2011. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues. 14th
As the human population of Earth inexorably grows and as human activities have more and more
profound effects on the environment, science becomes an essential tool for understanding human impacts.
Yet, as the importance of using scientific tools increases, the public, if anything, is becoming less
sophisticated, unaware that science in many cases involves controversy and that even well-intentioned
scientists often have opposing views to particular topics.
In this course, you will analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments regarding
selected environmental issues. By doing so, the following goals will be accomplished:
1) You will understand why science involves controversy and what its strengths and limitations are in
solving environmental issues.
2) You will evaluate the usefulness of the debate format to teach science.