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Comprehensive Subjects "Science, Technology, and Society I/II"

These courses are intended mainly for graduate students who would take a leadership role in the future such as principal investigators (PIs). Through workshops and lectures, "Science, Technology, and Society I/II" examine the social infrastructure and societal impact of science. It also discusses research ethics and problems arising from interactions between scientific research and society.

In FY 2015, "Researchers and Society" (English) will be delivered on October 7, 2015 as part of the "2015 Second Semester Freshman Course" instead of "Science, Technology, and Society I" (English). "Science, Technology, and Society II" (English) is scheduled for December 3-4, 2015. Please follow the link below for more details.

"Science, Technology, and Society I"

"Science, Technology, and society I" starts with a workshop on what a "bad"/"good" researcher is, as a gateway to the discussion of the ethical dimensions of science such as research ethics and the social reponsibility of scientists, and science communication. During this course, instructors give lectures and workshops covering the following topics relevant to such ethical discussions.

"Science, Technology, and Society II"

In "Science, Technology, and Society II," students develop a future vision of their individual research and of research fields as a whole. The aim of this course is to make participants realize that envisioning their future as a researcher necessarily includes thinking about the social infrastructure and broader social impacts of scientific research. The workshop consists of the following two sections:

During the course, lectures will be given on relevant topics, such as the social impacts of scientific research in the past and present and recent trends in science and technology policies putting strong emphasis on broader impacts in addition to academic merits.