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Policy & Innovation Courses
Core CoursesCAL 510 Foundations of Technology and Policy
This course explores perspectives in the policy process for science and technology - agenda setting, problem definition, framing the terms of debate, formulation and analysis of options, implementation and evaluation of policy outcomes with regards to economic, social and ethical dimensions. In addition to lectures on technology policy and ethics, exercises will aim at developing skills to work on the interface between technology and societal/ethical issues. Case studies and group projects that illustrate issues involving multiple stakeholders with different value structures, high levels of uncertainty, multiple levels of complexity and value trade-offs that are characteristic of science and technology policy and ethics problems will be used to illustrate the inherent complexities of the problem landscape.
CAL 529 History of Modern Science and Technology
An in depth survey of the history of science and technology from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Themes include the relationship between science and technology, the emergence of industrial research, the concept of a technological system, the history of innovation policy, and the uneven development of global capitalism. In addition to lectures on the history of science, technology, and industry, class discussions will develop skills in reading and interpreting a variety of primary and secondary sources. Students will learn research skills and gain familiarity with library, archival, and online collections by designing and completing a research project and paper.
CAL 539 Foundations of Ethics
An in-depth study of the most important theories of ethics—virtue ethics; deontological ethics; Utilitarianism—and their 20th and 21st century development. The class covers milestones in the history of ethics, insofar as they still have an impact on current discussions. Virtue ethics is studied in its classical form in Aristotle, which also allows students to address the unresolved problem of the scientific status of ethical theories. The class covers deontological and utilitarian ethics in their canonical form in Kant and Mill. Various methods and approaches that either criticize or transform these ethical theories are discussed in order to explore the theoretical options open to a 21st century ethicist. In addition to the basic moral theories, the class covers some of the necessary elements of human agency, i.e. free will, responsibility, and motivation. Finally, it covers some work in social ethics that has particular relevance for questions of economic justice and injustice.
CAL 556 Ethics of Business & Technology
This course offers an in-depth introduction to the applied ethics of technology-driven business. Beginning with an overview of the principles of business ethics, including Kantian Business Ethics, Virtue Based Ethics, and Stakeholder theories, we will move on to more specific topics including: the proper goals of business in society, the role of the public good in business, intellectual property, globalization, the ethics of advertising, and the status of the corporation as a moral agent. The course will end with a critical examination of more ethical dilemmas arising from technology-driven business and industry. Particular attention will be given to recent corporate scandals as cases of ethical failure.
Selected Course ElectivesCAL 541 Sociology of Science and Technology
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CAL 550 Global & International Ethics
CAL 555 Engineering and Computer Ethics
The class examines the central ethical problems that arise in the impact of technology on modern society, such as the responsibility of engineers, the precautionary principle, questions of risk/benefit-calculation, whistle-blowing. Special focus is laid on the assessment of emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology. The class also examines issues concerning the use and the development of computer technology, such as privacy, intellectual property, virtual realities, and artificial intelligence.
CAL 557 Bio Ethics
CAL 568 Philosophy of Science and Technology
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CAL 580 Environmental Ethics
This course is an in depth overview of various debates in environmental ethics. We will consider the way in which ethical theories inform environmental decision-making in a number of situations including a selection of the following: the conservation of biodiversity, global climate change, human population growth, animal exploitation in agriculture, air and water pollution, and urban solid waste. Questions addressed include the following: Should we be concerned about the impact of human life on the environment? To what extent should sacrifices be made in order to protect the environment? Which ethical frameworks are most effective in resolving disputes? To what extent are solutions based purely on economic concerns inadequate? Special attention will be given to the ways in which traditional ethical theories must be amended in order to address environmental concerns.
CAL 581 Environmental Policy
This course considers issues at the intersection of ecology, economics, public policy, and ethics. Specific issues to be covered may include: the history of environmental policy in the US, the role of Federal agencies in forming environmental policy, how values ought to play a role in environmental science, externalities, public goods, property rights, market-failure, benefit-cost analysis, environmental justice, the policy questions resulting from global climate change, propaganda versus information, and how pollution can infringe on human rights.
This class does not count for undergraduate humanities credit.
MGT 609 Project Management Fundamentals
This course deals with the basic problems of managing a project, defined as a temporary organization built for the purpose of achieving a specific objective. Both operational and conceptual issues will be considered. Operational issues include definition, planning, implementation, control, and evaluation of the project. Conceptual issues include project management vs. hierarchical management, matrix organization, project authority, motivation, and morale. Cases will be used to illustrate problems in project management and how to resolve them.
MGT 612 Leading People and Projects
Project success depends, largely, on the human side.Success in motivating project workers, organizing and leading project teams, communication and sharing information, and conflict resolution, are just a few areas that are critical for project success. However, being primarily technical people, many project managers tend to neglect these "soft" issues, assuming they are less important or that they should be addressed by direct functional managers. The purpose of this course is to increase awareness of project managers to the critical issues of managing people and to present some of the theories and practices of leading project workers and teams.