Science and Society (PHIL 450)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Gürol Irzık,
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This course aims to study the two-way interaction between science and society. It aims to understand how science and science-driven technology change society and in turn how social factors influence them. Topics covered will include: the changing nature of scientific research, the challenges to formulating science policy in democratic societies, the comercialization of scientific research, how scientific controversies on matters of interest to the public are played out, and normative questions that these issues raise.


Upon successful completion of Science and Society, students should be able to
1. offer well-constructed arguments for their views
2. critically evaluate arguments
3. develop their ability to interpret philosophical writings
4. have an understanding of the role of science in society and the social forces that influence scientific research