New Course: Science & Technology in the Global South

9/9/09: Wednesday, September 9, is the first day for a new course on “Science & Technology in the Global South.” Geri Augusto, adjunct assistant professor of public policy, describes the course as an exploration of relationships among science, technology, society, and public policymaking in the Global South.

Course Description
PPAI-1701G, Science & Technology in the Global South, Wednesdays, 3-5:20, Wilson 401.
Instructor: Prof. Geri Augusto (Taubman Center 109)
Using theoretical ideas and empirical examples, this seminar explores from a variety of perspectives the relationships among science, technology, society, and public policymaking in the Global South. It examines the influence of past experience, forms of public organization, systems of knowledge and belief (including indigenous knowledges), civic epistemologies and regulatory frameworks, strategic agendas for development, and tensions in power and social relations on governance of science and technology in several societies, and interrogates the roles of local and global knowledge in shaping S&T policymaking and citizenship. Particular attention will be paid to the examples of India, Brazil and South Africa. Bridging public policy and science studies, the seminar introduces a more internationalized perspective on science and technology governance, and enhances capacity for effective policymaking practice. Students will be graded on three writing assignments; participation in an electronic roundtable with counterparts in Brazil, South Africa and/or India; and class participation. Junior/senior seminar for public policy concentrators; students from other fields welcome and should write Instructor for permission to enroll.