SUM 2017 Course: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (PUBPOL 583)

The Evans School has opened the following summer course to juniors and seniors (in addition to graduate students):

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (4 credits)
Instructor: Howard McCurdy
Meets: each Wednesday for the full summer term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 21-August 16)
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, advances in science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines important public policy issues associated with science and technology, including the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology alters the way in which scientific initiatives are organized, the clash between scientific findings and political ideology, and the governance challenges arising from 21stcentury technologies. Students also examine impending technologies, the relationship between culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. The instructor is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent visitor to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He has authored seven books on the U.S. space program.

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