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What is science? What is technology? How do science and technology inform developments in the social sphere? How are science and technology shaped by society? How have scientific and technological developments evolved over time? In this course, we will examine these issues and attempt answering these and many other questions!
Science and technology continue to play an increasingly central role in our lives, not least in countries such as China that are undergoing rapid technological, economic and social change. This course is the first of a trilogy of short courses on science and technology in China. In this part, we explore in general terms how engineering and scientific knowledge and practice are influenced by the dynamic interactions between science, technology and society.