Scientific Humanities

« Scientific humanities » means the extension of interpretative skills to the discoveries made by science and to technical innovations. The course will equip future citizens with the means to be at ease with many issues that straddle the distinctions between science, morality, politics and society.

About The Course

« Scientific humanities » means the extension of interpretative skills to the discoveries made by science and to technical innovations. The course will equip future citizens with the means to be at ease with many issues that straddle the distinctions between science, morality, politics and society.

The course provides concepts and methods to :
  • learn the basics of the field called “science and technology studies”, a vast corpus of literature developed over the last forty years to give a realistic description of knowledge production.
  • handle the flood of different opinions about contentious issues and order the various positions by using the tools now available through digital media
  • comment on those different pieces of news in a more articulated way through a blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What resources will I need for this class?
No specific ressources are needed for this class.
  • What background is expected for learners in this class?
No specific background is expected for learners in this class
  • Do I earn credits or a diploma upon completion of this class?
No. This course is not part of a formal qualification.

Recommended Background

The course is designed for undergraduates but since the topic of scientific humanities is not widely known, it will be of interest for graduates and for the general public as well. It does not require a degree in science and technology.