VAST 235

Science, Technology, and Social Change

Instructor: Howard Schneiderman

Office: 30 Marquis

Office Phone: (610) 330-5185

Email: schneide@lafayette.edu


Course Description: Progress, evolution, and continuous change are Western cultural ideals, but custom, tradition, and habit make fixity and persistence the dominant forces in human history. Minor shifts and adjustments aside, real changes in social structures and values are rare. Big changes are usually linked to crises and revolutionary events, some of which are provoked by advances in science and technology. This course examines what happens when scientific and technological innovations meet social forces promoting fixity and persistence.