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RESC 098 03 CRN: 17162
Technology Equals Progress
Prof. Sally Koutsoliotas, Physics & Astronomy


Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

Technology is often, unquestioningly, perceived as a measure of the advancement of a society. The advantages that it provides, from the eradication of diseases to the capabilities of mobile communication, cause us to embrace technology. It is seen as a powerful tool for solving problems and alleviating the chores of regular routines. But does technological advancement ensure universal benefits? Every new development is a consequence of choices made by the members of a society. The goal of this course is to explore the inextricable connection between new technologies and the underlying values of the society developing them. We will examine current and historical examples to better appreciate the role of each.


RESC 098 10 CRN: 16522
The Grand Challenges
Prof. Mike Toole, Civil & Environmental Engineering


Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

Are you looking to prepare yourself to tackle really big and important issues?  The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified 14 Grand Challenges facing all people that require both technical solutions and non-technical perspectives.  Examples include making solar energy economical, developing carbon sequestration methods, providing access to clean water, and securing cyberspace.  In this foundation seminar we will examine each of the 14 Grand Challenges, including the knowledge and research methods from the natural sciences, social sciences and all fields of engineering required to make progress to solving them.  This seminar is NOT an engineering course, although we will occasionally discuss engineering principles.  We will come to understand the central roles that economics, organizational management and public policy play in solving many of humanity's greatest challenges. We will learn through reading both academic-oriented and popular press literature, classroom discussion, an occasional video, short writing exercises and a longer report on a relevant topic of the student's choice.


RESC 098 13 CRN: 15817
The Future is Now
Prof. Jan Knoedler, Economics
Prof. Amy Wolaver, Economics


Fulfills the Following Requirements:
Engineering Social Science, Writing Level 1

Women and men have always been curious about the future. We are constantly asking ourselves, "what will happen tomorrow, next week, or a century from now?" In this foundation seminar, we will ask ourselves: What can we know about the future? How do people react to these predictions? Should we genetically engineer the perfect baby? How should Bucknell react to a flu epidemic on campus? Is genetically modified food really food? Will alternative energy technologies ever really replace oil? Is the internet helping or hindering our social connections to one another? This course is NOT an engineering course- we are concerned with the ways in which society is impacted by technology and how society directs technological change. We will examine some predictions of the future, both those made in the past about our current world, and the predictions now being made about the near and distant future. In "The Future is Now," we will ask and answer ethical questions relating to technologies from genetic engineering to surveillance technologies to food production to social networking, among others.

 

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