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翻譯:陳斌漢(簡介並寄信)
編輯:朱盈婷(簡介並寄信)

課程描述

這門研究課程在審視科學在冷戰時期的歷史與遺教,並且主要仍是以美國為例。本課程將就二次世界大戰後科學家在政治上新角色的詮釋為開端,並研究這些科學家從核子時代的政治決策菁英到後來轉變成國內反共產犧牲者的歷程。這門課接下來將審視有關戰後十年期間物理界、生物界與社會科學界的改變,並探究公共機關與學術認知之間的關連。最後這門課將以科學在冷戰時代所持的立場為結尾。

要求

這門課在每一堂課上課前,將會要求所有的學生完成一些指定?讀。此外,課授課期間學生將輪流主持讀後心得報告的討論(包括主題討論,最好還有對其的批判),並依據?讀?容與其他相關的參考資料,提出討論議題。

當你在研讀時,有以下的幾點可對你提供很大的幫助,請謹記在心:

  • 你能夠對 作者的主要假設或論點作概括性的總結嗎?有哪些例子是可以用來支持主要的論點?
  • 作者是基於哪些資料來源?作者主要的論述與同 類的研究文獻相較, 有何異同 之處?

詳讀並瞭解以上的問題遠比去描述所研究課中一些特別細節來的重要。

作業

這門課亦包含兩篇作業:

  • 一份有關本堂課所開書單中其中一本的讀後心得(4-5頁雙行間距報告)
  • 一份研究報告(25-35頁雙行間距報告)。研究報告必須基於原始研究,除了相關輔助資料之外,報告?容必須源自未被發表過的出處(檔案、訪查等等)

Seminar Description

This seminar examines the history and legacy of the Cold War on science, looking predominantly at examples in the United States. It begins by exploring scientists' new political roles after World War II, ranging from elite policy-makers in the nuclear age to victims of domestic anti-Communism. The seminar next examines the changing institutions in which the physical, biological, and social sciences were conducted during the postwar decades, investigating the links between institutions and epistemology. The seminar closes by considering the place of science in the post-Cold-War era.

Requirements

All students will be responsible for doing the assigned reading before each session of the seminar. In addition, students will take turns leading a session of the seminar by presenting an overview of the reading (including discussion of major themes, as well as critiques), and presenting questions for discussion based on book reviews and other relevant sources.

As you read, it will be helpful to keep several questions in mind:

  • Can you summarize the author's main thesis or argument? What kinds of examples are brought forth to bolster the main thesis?
  • Upon what kinds of sources does the author draw? How does the main argument fit into the broader literature on the subject or within the field?

Reading to answer these questions will be more important than dwelling on particular details within a given study.

Assignments

There are also two writing assignments:

  • A book review (4-5 double-spaced pages) of one of the course books.
  • A research paper (25-35 double-spaced pages). Research papers should be based on original research, drawing on unpublished primary sources (archival, interviews, etc.) where appropriate, in addition to relevant secondary sources.

 
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