Explore the intersections of science & politics

In this eye-opening program, you'll explore the profound impact that the interplay between science and politics has on our lives—from global warming to healthcare reform and the surveillance of citizens.

Politics are informed by and embedded within many issues in science, technology, and medicine. Through reading, writing, lecture, and discussion, you'll analyze a number of these controversies, including the role of the military and private sector in funding research, the politics of experts and expertise, computer privacy and national security, and environmental politics.

In addition, you'll explore such questions as:

  • How are the categories "science" and "technology" defined?
  • Who/what should be considered when analyzing specific scenarios pertaining to science, technology, and politics?

You'll also meet with guest speakers and enjoy field trips on campus, such as touring the Cornell synchrotron.