This course explores the tensions, contradictions, and mutual appropriations that characterize the relationship between law, science, and technology in America. It examines how ideas of evidence, expertise, and public reason have changed over the past half-century in response to such phenomena as the rise of the risk society, environmentalism, patient advocacy, and the information revolution. Law is broadly construed to include the activities of legislatures, regulatory agencies, and courts. The course seeks to contextualize the interactions of law, science, and technology in relation to wider transformations in US culture and society.
Also offered by the Sociology Department as Soc 180.