Hi everyone! Welcome to our Discussion Board!
We’ll be using this space to explore in further depth some of the central concepts, questions, and current concerns examined in our course materials throughout the semester. As noted in the syllabus, please feel free to make this space your own – I’ll always post a series of prompts, but please feel free to chime in on anything that has caught your attention, presented questions, or otherwise speaks to your particular interests. As a reminder, this space is meant to serve as a relatively informal space, not unlike a face-to-face discussion in the classroom. These are not meant to serve as tests or quizzes but should instead be taken as low-stakes spaces for ‘thinking out loud’ together. Let’s have fun!
The parameters are simple: Everyone is welcome to provide stand-alone responses, or to engage in threaded discussions amongst each another – or both! The choice is yours! Folks should make sure to thoughtfully contribute to each of the ten discussion boards as they become available throughout the semester, and commit to remaining respectful and focused on relevant course materials. Without further ado…
Let’s start with some basic (seemingly deceptive??) considerations:
What is science? What, if anything, makes science different from other ways of exploring and understanding the world?
Is science political? That is, do politics and science interact with each other? Should they? Why? Why not?
What does the term ‘social construction’ seem to imply? What might it mean to say that something is socially constructed? Can we think of examples?
What might it mean to say that science, technology, and/or medicine are socially constructed??? Isn’t a fact just, well, a fact?!
Please note that I’m using the term ‘science’ here as a broad umbrella term – STEM(M) (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, & Medicine) could work in these questions as well, so please feel free to approach these and similar questions with any or all of the components of STEM in mind.
That should be more than enough to keep our wheels turning this week!
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