110 Syllabus Spring 2019

Phil 110, Science, Technology and Human Values,Section 1, Spring Semester, 2019

Course and Contact Information
Instructor: Lisa Bernasconi
Office Location: Faculty Office Building 206
Email: lisa.bernasconi@sjsu.edu
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Class Days/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays. 10:30am to 11:45am
Classroom: Boccardo Business Center (BBC) 222
Prerequisites: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing.
GE/SJSU Studies Category: SJSU V: Culture, Civil & Global Understanding
Course Format

In person – Lecture required

Web Page and Messaging

Course materials such as syllabus, handouts, notes, assignment instructions, etc. can be found on my faculty web page at www.mrsbernasconi.com. You are responsible for regularly checking your email address (as shown on your my.sjsu page) for important announcements, schedule changes, etc.

Course Description

The aims, methods and world views of science and technology; such value issues as technological determinism, design aesthetics and moral implications of computer and other technologies.

GE Learning Outcomes (GELO)

 At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  1. “Compare systematically the ideas, values, images, cultural artifacts, economic structures, technological developments, or attitudes of people from different societies.” For example, we will examine case studies on the idea of scavenging, reuse and recycling of industrial waste in different countries.
  2. “Identify the historical context of ideas and cultural practices and their dynamic relation to other historical contexts.” For example, we will look at the how U.S. culture is influenced by the so-called conflict between science and religion.
  3. “Explain how a culture outside the U.S. changes in response to internal and external pressures.” For example, we will read look at how simply delivering technology to non-technologically based cultures will not solve their problems without education, cultural awareness and improvements to infrastructure.
Required Texts/Readings

We will discuss in class.  Each student will be assigned a book to read. Other readings and film information will be available on the class website.

Course Requirements and Assignments
  • 1 group reading/class presentation project worth 30% of semester grade
  • 1 book discussion journal worth 10% of semester grade
  • 1 take home exam on class films and discussions worth 35% of semester grade
  • 1 community service project worth 5% of semester grade
  • final exam/evaluation worth 20% of semester grade

“Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 45 hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.”

Final Examination or Evaluation

A take home essay assignment will be distributed on the last day of class and must be returned to me by email at lisa.bernasconi@sjsu.edu  on our scheduled final exam date and time. To complete this assignment, you must have attended most or all of the book presentations.

Grading Information

The in-class exam will be graded on a scale of 0 to 100. The group project will be graded on an A to F scale. The community service will be graded pass/fail. The final evaluation paper will be graded pass/fail. Your grade on all assignments will be determined by your demonstrated understanding of the concepts involved, the clarity of your arguments or explanations, and attention to details of grammar and spelling. For the group project, the entire group will receive the same grade, so everyone is responsible for every section of the completed project.

Determination of Grades

A = 95 percent to 100 percent

A minus = 90 percent to 94 percent

B plus = 87 percent to 89 percent

B = 83 percent to 86 percent

B minus = 80 percent to 82 percent

C plus = 77 percent to 79 percent

C = 73 percent to 76 percent

C minus = 70 percent to 72 percent

D = 66 percent to 69 percent

F = 65 percent or lower

“Passage of the Writing Skills Test (WST) or ENGL/LLD 100A with a C or better (C‐ not accepted), and completion of Core General Education are prerequisite to all SJSU Studies courses. Completion of, or co‐registration in, 100W is strongly recommended. A minimum aggregate GPA of 2.0 in GE Areas R, S, & V shall be required of all students.”

Classroom Protocol

Silence cell phones and put them out of sight (your sight, not mine). Use laptops/tablets only during lectures and for note taking only.  Close laptop/tablet at all other times.  Arrive on time.  Be courteous to your fellow students.  Let me know promptly if you have any concerns about the class.  If you plan to be absent on an exam day, let me know by email in advance if possible.

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9 relevant information to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. is available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs’ Syllabus Information web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/”