CPSS - College Park Scholars-Science, Technology and Society

CPSS100 College Park Scholars: Science, Technology & Society First-Year Colloquium I (2 Credits)

Introductory colloquium: Examination of issues related to science, technology and society.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.

CPSS101 College Park Scholars: Science, Technology & Society First-Year Colloquium II (1 Credit)

Continued examination of issues related to science, technology and society.

Prerequisite: CPSS100.

Restriction: Students must be enrolled in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.

CPSS220 The Culturally Competent Expert (3 Credits)

How can scientists communicate their work effectively? The field of science communication ventures that the answer is not simply a matter of improving capacity (e.g., because people lack scientific information, scientists lack communication skills, or both). Rather, it calls for sustained collaboration and empathy between laypersons and experts. In this hands-on, experiential course, we use a model of cultural competency to put forth solutions to bridge the expert-lay divide. We investigate typical venues in which science is communicated (museums, YouTube videos, federal agency websites, and much much more) and study best practices for communication. Then we explore emerging venues that support sustained contact between so-called "lay citizens" and scientific or technical experts (dance/improv techniques, ethnographic methods and citizen science). Students learn to use cross-cultural perspectives as a basis to pilot and test ways of strengthening relationships and improving communication.

Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology or Society program or have permission of the program.

CPSS225 College Park Scholars Capstone: Science, Technology, and Society (3 Credits)

Exploration and understanding of ways science and technology shape and are shaped by society.

Prerequisite: CPSS100.

Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.

Formerly: CPSP227.

CPSS230 College Park Scholars: Science, Technology & Society - Internship Practicum (1 Credit)

Supervised internship in an area related to science, technology and society.

Prerequisite: CPSS101.

Restriction: Matriculation into the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.

CPSS240 College Park Scholars: Science, Technology & Society - Service-Learning Practicum (3 Credits)

Supervised Service-Learning practicum in issues related to science, technology and society.

Prerequisite: CPSS101; or permission of instructor.

Restriction: Matriculation into the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program; or permission of instructor.

CPSS260 College Park Scholars: Science, Technology & Society - Peer-Teaching Practicum (1 Credit)

Supervised peer teaching in science, technology and society.

Prerequisite: CPSS101.

Restriction: Matriculation into the College Park Scholars Science, Technology & Society (CPSS) program.