Instructor: Prof. Pamela E. Mack
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a sampling of the history
of science from the Scientific Revolution to the present. The
goal of the course is to think about the interaction between
science and society with the help of the broader perspective
that history provides. To that end, the course will focus on
different sciences and discuss in detail selected case studies
rather than provide a comprehensive survey.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course students
should be able to:
This course meets the STS general education requirement:
Science and Technology in Society:
Demonstrate an understanding of issues created by the complex interactions among science, technology, and society.
One of the papers you write for this course is your STS artifact. While students are no longer required to upload artifacts to an ePortfolio, the university will be collecting artifacts from general education courses to evaluate general education.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Analyzing and drawing conclusions from the reading will be central to the course, so it is essential that you do the reading and come prepared to discuss it in class. Attendance will be taken by seating chart and six absences will be allowed without penalty. Note that this is a different system than Canvas's absence percentage so Canvas will show your number of unexcused absences but will not incorporate the penalty into your grade (the professor will do that at the end of the semester). Absences will be excused only for official university-sponsored activities (where you are given an excuse letter), significant illness or personal or family problems, job interviews, and all absences specifically allowed in a disability letter. You are expected to use your allowed unexcused absences wisely to cover special activities, minor illnesses, travel plans, and car problems. When an excused absence is requested the absence must be discussed with the professor and/or documented. Notifying the professor of your absence with the absence notification form or through Canvas is not sufficient documentation to excuse an absence--please meet with the professor or email or show documentation. Lateness will be dealt with in the following way: no penalty for up to five minutes, one half absence after 5 minutes. Please speak to the professor if you must leave early--if you leave early without explanation you will be penalized half an absence.
If you have an official university excuse letter for the national championship game (band, traveling with the team...) whatever absences are covered by that letter are excused. Otherwise that is an appropriate use of one of your six allowed unexcused absences
It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions
of a argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a
book, web site, or from the online class notes, even if you
change a few words, unless you quote and give the source.
It is poor writing for more than about 20% of your paper to
consist of quotes.
In most cases when you use specific material from any source
you should paraphrase: cite the source and put the ideas into you own
words (generally no more than 5 consecutive words
should match the source but if the words are mostly the same
it could still be plagiarism even if there aren't 5
TEXTS: Four required books are available in the bookstore:
M. Principe, Scientific Revolution: A Very Short
J. Larson, Evolution: The Remarkable History
of a Scientific Theory
Saini, Superior: The Return of Race Science
||Spencer Weart, The
Discovery of Global Warming (second edition)
unlimited access e-book: https://libcat.clemson.edu/record=b2989635~S1
SCHEDULE: Readings are listed under each
lecture or discussion topic. Underlined lecture titles are
links that lead to notes.
Principe intro and ch. 1
||Principe ch. 2|
||Principe ch. 3|
||Principe ch. 4|
||Martin Luther King Holiday|
||Principe ch. 5|
||Principe ch. 6 and epilogue|
|| read Larson
||Larson ch. 2, Paper 1 due before class|
| Feb. 3
||E-learning day: class will not meet,
either watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfVgEn-cwB4
or read the ongoing twitter controversy about Dawkins and Eugenics. In either case write a response on the discussion board
ch. 10 and Larson
||In class test|
Prologue and ch. 1
||Saini ch. 2|
||Saini ch. 3|
||Saini ch. 4|
||Saini ch. 5|
||Saini ch. 6|
||Saini ch. 7|
||Saini ch. 8
||Saini ch. 9, Zoom class at 9:05 am if we
are on an academic continuity plan
||Saini ch. 10|
||Saini ch. 11
||Weart Preface and ch. 1
||Weart ch. 2|
||Weart ch. 3, Saini paper due|
||Weart ch. 4|
||Weart ch. 5|
||Weart ch. 6|
||Weart ch. 7|
||Weart ch. 8|
||Weart ch. 9|
||Takehome final exam due 10:30 am
Student Accessibility Services: Clemson
University values the diversity of our student body as a
strength and a critical component of our dynamic community.
Students with disabilities or temporary injuries/conditions
may require accommodations due to barriers in the structure
of facilities, course design, technology used for curricular
purposes, or other campus resources. Students who experience
a barrier to full access to this class should let the
professor know, and make an appointment to meet with a staff
member in Student Accessibility Services as soon as
possible. You can make an appointment by calling
864-656-6848, by emailing email@example.com,
or by visiting Suite 239 in the Academic Success Center
building. Appointments are strongly encouraged – drop-ins
will be seen if at all possible, but there could be a
significant wait due to scheduled appointments. Students who
receive Academic Access Letters are strongly encouraged to
request, obtain and present these to their professors as
early in the semester as possible so that accommodations can
be made in a timely manner. It is the student’s
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of Access and Equity Website.
Email Policy / Response Time: Clemson does not provide me with a phone; email is my preferred method of contact for university business. You can expect a response to your email inquiries within 36 hours, excluding weekends and university holidays.
Copyright: All materials found in
this course are strictly for the use of students enrolled in
this course and for purposes associated with this course;
they may not be retained or further disseminated. Clemson
students, faculty, and staff are expected to comply fully
with institutional copyright policy as well as all other
Online Conduct: Appropriate online
academic conduct means maintaining a safe learning
environment based on mutual respect and civility. All
participants in Clemson courses are expected to behave
professionally by adhering to these standards of conduct:
Online communication that fails to meet
these standards of conduct will be removed from the course.
Repeated misconduct may result in being blocked from online
discussions, receiving a grade penalty, or being dismissed
from the course. Such misconduct in the online environment
may also be reported to officials for appropriate action in
accordance with University policy. If you ever encounter
inappropriate content in our course, please contact me with
Academic Integrity: As members of
the Clemson University community, we have inherited Thomas
Green Clemson's vision of this institution as a "high
seminary of learning." Fundamental to this vision is a
mutual commitment to truthfulness, honor, and
responsibility, without which we cannot earn the trust and
respect of others. Furthermore, we recognize that academic
dishonesty detracts from the value of a Clemson degree.
Therefore, we shall not tolerate lying, cheating, or
stealing in any form.
A simple definition of plagiarism is when someone presents another person's words, visuals, or ideas as his or her own. See the first section of the syllabus for specifics on how this is defined in this course. The instructor will deal with plagiarism on a case-by-case basis. I will use, at my discretion, the Plagiarism Resolution Form. All infractions of academic dishonesty will be reported to Undergraduate Studies for resolution through that office.
See the Undergraduate
Academic Integrity Policy website for additional
information about academic integrity at Clemson.
Academic Grievances: Students are
advised to visit the Ombuds'
Office prior to filing a grievance. After discussion
with the undergraduate academic ombudsman, students should
contact Undergraduate Studies (656-3022) for assistance
filing official paperwork.
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