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Course Name SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

Course Credits 3 Units Lec: 3 Units Lab:


Course Description
The course deals with interactions between science and technology and social, cultural, political and economic contexts that
shape and are shaped by them. (CMO No. 20,series of 2013)
This interdisciplinary course engages students to confront the realities brought about by science and technology in society.
Such realities pervade the personal, the public, and the global aspects of our living and are integral to human development.
Scientific knowledge and technological development happen in the context of society with all its socio-political, cultural,
economic, and philosophical underpinnings at play. This course seeks to instill reflective knowledge in the students that they
are able to live the good life and display ethical decision making in the face of scientific and technological advancement.

This course includes mandatory topics on climate change and environmental awareness.
Contact Hours per Week 3 hours
Pre-Requisites None
At the end of the course, the students are expected to:

1. Articulate the impacts of science and technology on society, specifically Philippine society.
2. Explain how science and technology affect society and the environment and its role in nation-building.
3. Analyze the human condition in order to deeply reflect and express philosophical ramifications that are meaningful to
Course Outcomes
the student as a part of society.
4. Define and demonstrate the impact of social media on the students’ life and Philippine society in general.
5. Imbibe the importance of science and technology in the preservation of the environment and the development of the
Filipino nation.
6. Critique human flourishing vis-à-vis the progress of science and technology such that the student may be able to
define for himself/herself the meaning of the good life.
7. Foster the value of a healthy lifestyle toward the holistic and sustainable development of society and the environment.
8. Creatively present the importance and contributions of science and technology to society.
9. Examine shared concerns that make up the good life in order to come up with innovative and creative solutions to
contemporary issues guided by ethical standards.
10. Illustrate how the social media and information age impact their lives and their understanding of climate change

WEEK/TIME INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOME- CONTENT TEACHING AND RESOURCE


ALLOTMENT OUTCOMES (ILO) BASED LEARNING MATERIALS
ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES
(OBA) (TLAs)
1. Familiarize VMGO of Quiz, recitation, Class orientation on the course goals, Lecture Projector

the school and the group discussion objectives, and syllabus, and VMGO of the Interactive Presentation

course goals, or role play, essay school discussion slides


Group learning Visual Aids
objectives & content
WEEK 1 activities/ Handouts
2. Know the various
Brainstorming
class policies including
grading system

1. Discuss the interactions Quiz, recitation, I. Historical antecedents in which social Lecture and LCD projector or
discussion
between S&T and group considerations changed the course of manila paper
WEEK 2 society throughout discussion science and technology. Activity: “Standing Audio and/or
on the shoulders
history. about the II. In the World: Ancient, Middle and video clips of
of Giants”
2. Discuss how scientific interactions Modern Ages various
and technological between S&T III. In the Philippines media (e.g.
developments affect and society TV
society and the throughout commercials;
environment. history. movies,
3. Identify the paradigm Quiz, recitation, newscasts,
shifts in history. group etc)
discussion Texts from
about how newspapers,
how scientific magazines,
and journals
technological See
developments Philosophy of
affect society Science
and the (Encyclopedi
environment. a) Scientific
Recitation about Progress,
the paradigm Scientific
shifts in history. Revolutions
Floridi, Luciano.
2014. The
Fourth
Revolution,
Oxford
University
Press
See
Caoli. History of
Science and
Technology
of the
Philippines.
See
Video: Stephen
Colbert’s
interview with
Neil Tyson
https://www.y
outube.com/
watch
v=YXh9RQC
vxmg&noredi
rect=1
See
Youtube:
World’s
Greatest
Inventions (3
minutes)
Philippine Great
Inventions
Paul Anderson
article: “More
is Different”
1976
https://explorabl
e.com/scienti
scientificredu
s
https://explorabl
e.com/what-
is-a-
paradigm
http://www.hist
his.com/topit
o/enlightene
nl
t/videos/mankin
d-the-story-
of -all-of-
usscientific-
revolution
Kuhn , Structure
of Scientific
Revolution

WEEK 3-4 1. Articulate ways by Quiz and IV. Intellectual revolutions that defined Lecture and LCD projector or
which society is seatwork on society a. Copernican b. Darwinian c. class manila paper

transformed by articulate ways by Freudian d. Information e. discussion on http://www.flowo

science and which society is MesoAmerican f. Asian g. Middle East Articulate fhistory.com.r
transformed by h. African ways by eadings
technology
science and which Flowcharts/reviv
technology al-west/the-
society is
ageenlighten
transformed
ment
by science
http://hti.osu.ed/
and
scientific
technology revolution/les
son plans
Powerpoint
presentation
on the
individual
scholars and
great works.

WEEK 5 PRELIM EXAMINATION

1. Discuss the role of Quiz about the V. Science and Technology and Nation Small Group LCD projector or
Science and Technology role of Science Building Activity manila paper
in Philippine nation and Technology a. The Philippine Government S & T Discussion Authentic texts
WEEK 6
building in Philippine Agenda. about Science about
2. Evaluate government nation building b. Major development programs and and Government
policies pertaining to personalities in S & T in the Technology in Documents:
science and technology Seatwork about Philippines different 1. NEDA.
in terms of their government c. Science Education in the policies National
contributions to nation policies pertaining Philippines Development
building to science and d. Selected indigenous science and Agenda;
3. Identify actual science technology technologies Regional
and technology policies Agenda
of the government and Quiz about the Filipino Great
appraise their impact on actual science Men and
the development of the and technology Women
Filipino nation. policies of the Great Filipino
government and Inventions
appraise their
impact on the
development of
the Filipino nation

1. Analyze the human Reflection, VI. The Human Person flourishing in terms Discussion about LCD projector or
condition in order to Discussion about of science and technology the human manila paper
deeply reflect and the human condition Texts,
express philosophical condition (reflect video/audio
VII. Technology as a Way of Revealing
WEEK 7-8 ramifications that are and express clips from
meaningful to the philosophical various
student as a part of ramifications) sources
society
2. Critique human Group Lecture and The Question
flourishing vis-à-vis the presentation VIII. Human Flourishing discussion Concerning
progress of science and about critique about Human Technology
technology so that the human flourshing Flourishing by Martin
student can define for Heidegger
himself/herself the
meaning of the good life A Return to the
Beginning by
Daniel J.
McNamara,
SJ, in Stellar
Origins,
Human Ways
(2011)

Movie Clip
(YouTube):
The
Magician’s
Twin: CS
Lewis and
the case
against
Scientism

Film: Akiro
Kurosawa’s
Dreams
“Village of
the
Watermills”

Forget
‘developing’
rich
countries, it’s
time to ‘de-
develop’ rich
countries. By
Jason Hickel
http://www.th
eguardian.co
m/globaldeve
lopment-
professionals
network/2015
/sep/23/devel
oping-poor-
countries-de-
develop-rich-
countries-
sdgs
Sustainable
Development
: An Evolving
Paradigm for
the 21st
Century by
Fabian Dayrit
in Stellar
Origins,
Human Ways
(2011)

WEEK 9 MIDTERM EXAMINATION

1. Examine shared Case Study about IX. The Good Life Lecture and class LCD projector or

concerns that make up Production discussion manila paper

the good life in order and about Sample texts


Consumption concerns that (inquiry
to come up with
of sugars make up the letter, police
innovative, creative
good life reports,
WEEK 10-12 solutions to
political
contemporary issues
speeches,
guided by ethical letters of
standards appreciation,
etc)
Book VI and Bk
X
Nichomache
an ethics of
Aristotle
What Is and
What should
be the role of
scientific
culture in
modern
society –
Richard
Feynman in
the Pleasure
of Finding
Things Out:
The Best
Short Works
of Richard
Feynman
1999
Perseus
Books. USA
pp97- 115
The Concepts of
the Public
Good: A
View from
the Filipino
Philosopher
by Rolando
Gripaldo in
the Making of
a Filipino
Philosopher
and Other
Essays,
2009,
National
Bookstore pp
82-101
Eudaimonia and
Human
Flourishing in
Ethics and
Human
Dignity by
Christopher
Ryan
Maboloc).
Manila, 2010.
Rex
Bookstore pp
15-23
That Sugar Film
(2015)
(documentar
y) Ppt:
towards a
green
economy:
pathways to
sustainable
development
and poverty
eradication–
UNEP

X. When technology and humanity cross 4. Reflection


2. Examine human rights
and The ethical
in order to uphold
Discussion dilemmas of
such rights in robotics
human
technological ethical http://news.bbc.
rights in
dilemmas co.uk/2/hi/techn
order to
ology/64323 07,
uphold such
stm
rights in
technologica
Is Google
l ethical Making Us

dilemmas Stupid? 2008.


Nicholas Carr
http://www/theatl
antic.com/maga
zine/archive
/2008/07/Is
google making
us
stupid/306868/?

3. Evaluate Case Study: XI. Why does the future not need us? 5. Reflection Why The Future

contemporary human WAZE and Doesn’t Need

experience in order to discussion Us (2000) – Bill

about Joy, Chief


strengthen and
Scientist and
enlighten the human contemporar
Corporate
person functioning in y human
Executive
society experience
Officer of Sun
in order to
Microsystems
strengthen http://www.cc.ga
and tech.edu/comput
enlighten the ing/nano/d
human ocuments
person
Movie: “A I”
functioning Isaac Asimov, “I

in society Robot”

WEEK 13 SEMI-FINAL EXAMINATION

1. Link learned concepts Activity Report: A XII. The information Age (Gutenberg to Presentation and LCD projector
to the development of day without Social media) Discussion or manila
the information age Of the paper
Technology
Information Age
and its impact on Activity Report: Book:
society Timing your “Alan Turing:
2. Illustrate how the The Enigma”
Technology
social media and the (Andrew
Activity Report:
information age have Hodges and
Technology and
impacted our lives Douglas
Past (interviews XIII. Biodiversity and the Healthy Society Presentation
WEEK 14-17 3. Determine the Hofstadter)
with elders) and
interrelatedness of TEDTalk:
Discussion of
society, environment, Julian
Biodiversity
and health. Assange on
Graded recitation/ XIV. Genetically Modified Organisms: and the Health
4. Discuss the ethics and “Why the
debate Science, Health, and Politics Society
implications of GMOs World Needs
and potential future Wikileaks”
impacts Activity Report:
5. Discuss the major XV. The Nano World A day without
Presentation and
impacts (both potential Technology
Discussion
and realized} of about the Nano Activity Report:
nanotechnology on World Timing your
society Technology
6. Analyze the issue Activity Report:
through the Technology
conceptual STS and Past
lenses (interviews
7. Critique the issue on with elders)
its costs and benefits Nature’s
to society Longest
Threads by
Janaki
Balakrishnan
and B V
Sreekantan
How we decide
by Jonah
Lehrer
Information:
The new
language of
science
(Hans
Christian von
Baeyer)
Philippine
Science and
Technology:
Economic,
Political and
Social Events
Shaping Their
Development
(Socorro M.
Rodriguez,
1996)
Germ Catcher
(David J.
Ecker,
Scientific
American,
2014)
Physics of the
Future: How
science will
shape human
destiny and
our daily lives
by the year
2100 (Michio
Kaku,
Doubleday,
2011)
1. Describe gene therapy Graded recitation/ XVI. Gene Therapy (Stem Cells) Presentation LCD projector
and its various forms debate about and or manila
2. Assess the issue’s Gene Therapy Discussion paper
(Stem Cells)
potential benefits and about Youtube:
detriments to global Gene Therapy Science
health (Stem Cells) Friction: Stem
3. Identify the causes of XVII. Climate Change and the Energy Crisis Cell
Group
Presentation and
climate change presentation Research
Discussion about
4. Assess the various and discussion TEDTalk:
Climate Change
impacts of climate change and the Susan Lim on
and the Energy
change Energy Crisis, “Transplant
Crisis
5. Assess the various Environmental XVIII. Environmental Awareness Cells Not
impacts of climate Awareness Organs”
Presentation and
and Alternative
change including Discussion about TED Talk: Juan
Energy
economic, geopolitical, Environmental Enriquez on
Resources
biological, Awareness “the Next
meteorological, etc Species of
6. Apply STS concepts to XIX. Alternative Energy Resources Presentation and Human”
the issue of climate Discussion about YouTube: or
Alternative
change. Book “An
Energy
inconvenient
Resources
Truth: The
Planetary
Emergency of
Global
Warming and
What we can
Do About It”
(Al Gore)
Book: “The
Future: Six
Drivers of
Global
Change” (Al
Gore)
Report: “
Changing the
Atmosphere:
Anthropology
and Climate
Change”
(NCAR)
BUHOS: A
Climate
Change
Documentary
by Loren
Legarda
Article: “The
Tradegy of
the
Commons” by
Garrett
Hardin
Article:
“Scientists
tackle
mystery of
thunderstorm
that strike at
night”
(NCAR)
Article:
“Reigning in
the Weather”
(Webster
Donovan,
Discover,
02747529.
Jun2008, Vol.
29, Issue 6)

WEEK 18 FINAL EXAMINATION

I. TEXTBOOKS/REFERENCES:
Anderson, Philip W. “More is Different-One More Time,” in More is Different: Fifty Years of Condensed Matter Physics, ed. N. Phuan Ong and
Ravin N. Bhatt, Princeton Univeristy Press, 2001.
Balakrishnan, Janaki and B V Sreekantan, eds. Nature’s Longest Threads: New Frontiers in the Mathermatics and Physics of Information in
Biology, World Scientific, 2014.
Caoli, Olivia. “A History of Science and Technology of the Philippines,” in Analysis of Conditions for National Scientific and Technological
Self- Reliance: The Philippine Situation, Quezon City: University of the Philippines, 1986
Dayrit, Fabian. “Sustainable Development: An Evolving Paradigm for the 21st Century,” in Stellar Origins, Human Ways: Readings in Science,
Technology and Society, ed. Ma. Assunta Cuyegkeng, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila UniversityPress 2011
Ecker, David J. Gem Catcher, Scientific American 2014
Floridi, Luciano. The Fourth Revolution: How the Inforsphere is Reshaping Human Reality, Oxford University Press, 2014.
Feynman, Richard. “The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: What is and What should be the role of scientific culture in modern society” in The
Best Short Works of Richard Feynman, pp 97-115, Perseus Books, 1999.
Gripaldo, Rolando, “The Concepts of the Public Good: A View from the Filipino Philosopher” in The Making of a Filipino Philosopher and
Other Essays, pp. 82-100, National Bookstore 2009
Heidegger, Martin. The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays, HarperCollins, 1982
Hickel, Jason. “Forget ‘developing’ poor countries, it’s time to ‘de-develop’ rich countries,” The Guardian, Online:
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/23/developing-poor-countries-de-develop-rich-countries-
sdgs.
Lehrer, Jonah. How we Decide,Mariner Books, 2010.
Maboloc, Christopher Ryan. “Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing” in Ethics and Human Dignity, 15-23, Rex Bookstore,2010.
MCNamara, Daniel J. in “A Return to the Beginning,” in Stellar Origins, Human Ways: Readings in Science, Technology and Society, ed. Ma.
Assunta Ceyegkeng, Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2011.
Rodriguez, Socorro M. “Philippine Science and Technology: Economic, Political and Social Events Shaping Their Development,” 1996
Von Baeyer, Hans Christian, Information: The New Language of Science, Harvard University Press, 2005.
Agro-ecology: What it is and what it has to offer? Is this the future of farming?
Alan Turing: The Enigma (Andrew Hodges and Douglas Hofstadter)
Aristotle, Nichomachean ethics, Book VI and Book X
Article: “ Nanoethics: The ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology” (Patrick Lin and Fritz Allhoff, Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley
and Sons, Inc. 2007)
Flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment
http://www.flowofhistory.com/readings-flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment/fc97
http://www.flowofhistory.com/readings-flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment/fc98
http://www.flowofhistory.com/readings-flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment/fc99
http://www.flowofhistory.com/readings-flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment/fc100
http://www.flowofhistory.com/readings-flowcharts/revival-west/the-age-enlightenment/fc100a
http://www.flowofhistory.com/units/west/15/FC101
http://www.flowofhistory.com/%5Bmenupathalias%5D/fc102
Government Documents: 1. NEDA. National Development Agenda; Regional Agenda o http://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-
content/uploads/GAA/GAA2015/GAA%202015%20Volume%20I/NEDA/NEDA.pdf http://www.dbm.gov.ph/wp-
content/OPCCB/OPIF_2007/neda3.pdf Kuhn, Structure of Scientific Revolution
(http://projektintegracija.pravo.hr/_download/repository/Kuhn_Structure_of_Scientific_Revolutions.pdf) Philosophy of Science
(Encyclopedia). Scientific Progress, Scientific Revolutions
(http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/scientificprogress/#SciPro)(http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Philosophy_of_science.aspx#3)
(http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Scientific_Revolutions.aspx#3) Physics of the Future: How science will shape human destiny and our
daily lives by the year 2100 (Michio Kaku, Doubleday, 2011) Article: “The politics of Golden Rice” (Dubock, Adrian GM Crops & Food. Jul-
Sep2014, Vol5 Issue 3 p 210-222 13p.)

II. COURSE POLICIES:

CLASS POLICIES

1 Admission Students who officially enrolled this subject can be admitted to this class.

2 Attendance Student must attend this course regularly. If the student incurred 10 absences he/she will automatically acquire unofficially
dropped remarks.
3 Classroom It is expected that students will exhibit a professional attitude toward true learning throughout their course of study. This attitude
Decorum involves a sincere investment in hard work and the application of a consistent effort to meet one’s individual responsibility to
learn. With respect to classroom decorum, students should support and promote the creation of a positive and productive
learning environment. To reach this desired learning environment, students are expected to be responsible participants and are
required to:

• attend all classes (except for sickness, personal or family tragedy or formal excuse);
• come to class on time;
• come to class prepared by having fully completed their assignments;
• actively engage in the classroom experience;
• treat class as a professional experience;
• must wear their uniform and dresses in appropriate attire every wash day;
• respect the views of other students; and
• respect the professor’s prerogative to establish reasonable class standards.

Students must also refrain from any behavior which might interfere with the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or disrupt the
ability of other students to learn. Students must:

• avoid the inappropriate use of electronic devices;


• abstain from eating or drinking without permission;
• refrain from unnecessary conversation during class; and
• resist the urge to leave class without cause.

4 Examinations All exams must be taken on the scheduled dates. There will be no exceptions unless you have a very good / valid reason and
have received permission in advance.
Group work
Your grades will reflect the way in which you present and support your topics and positions in the various learning activities used
in this course. The grades will be based on the quality and quantity of your work

Please refer to the computation of scores provided in the course for specific grading criteria.

III. Grading System:

East Systems Colleges of Rizal uses the following academic grading system

SEMESTRAL GRADE
Attendance/Punctuality 5%
Performance Tasks 30%
Written Works 25%
Periodical Exam 40%
Total 100%
IV. Consultation Period:
DAY TIME PLACE
FRI 4-5pm STUDENT CONSULTATION AREA