2 Questions x 50 pts = 100 pts
Please be sure to answer all parts of both questions and provide specific examples.
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Please insert page numbers and a header with your full name and course name.
Please aim for approximately 2 pages (double-spaced) per question.
More or less is okay, though I would caution that a one-page or shorter response to either of the prompts is not likely to be fully addressing the question. Thank you!!
Consider the various aspects of science, technology, medicine, and society that we’ve discussed during the past six weeks, especially as they relate to questions of gender, sex, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status/social class. Consider what you have found most inspiring or promising and what you have found most limiting or problematic as regards the historical and ongoing relationships between science and society.
Please take some time to seriously consider what the relationships between science, technology, medicine, and society could or should be like in now and going forward into the short and/or long-term future. . In other words, please reflect on how the ideas, beliefs, practices, and values pertaining to the relationship between science and society could be – from your perspective – made better going forward. Can the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and society be different? Better? How?
You are welcome to approach your response in a broad sense, reflecting on large-scale social structures or institutions. On the other hand, some may find it helpful to narrow in on one particular aspect that we’ve explored. The choice is yours!
As we’ve come to understand over the course of our class, a central aim of feminist science and technology studies involves persistently posing the questions: what counts as objective truth, who decides this, and on what basis are claims to truth legitimately made? During the last weeks of our course in particular, we’ve explored the relationship between various understandings of expertise and the relationship(s) of expert forms of knowledge to power, privilege, and the possibility of equity, justice, freedom, and democracy.
From your perspective, is there a fundamental tension between the exercise of scientific, technological, and/or medical expertise and democratic deliberation and decision-making? If so, why? If not, why not? In answering this question, please specify what you understand expertise to be. Please discuss a minimum of threedistinct examplesthat speak to your answer. Any relevant course materials may be used in responses.