Science & Society: Master Archive

Agenda for Monday, March 13th:

  • Finish Snowden
  • Begin a rough draft for a position paper. The paper should include the following basic paragraphs:
    • A summary of the plot.
    • A brief biography of Snowden, from beginning to exile. Include his natural talents and skills.
    • A description of three ethical dilemmas he faced and the choices he made.
    • Your position – write a final position paragraph. Express your opinion about Snowden, the choices he made, whether you feel he is right or wrong, and your positions about government use of technology for the purposes of security.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of the issues he faced.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of what the government did/does for the purposes of “security.”
      • Take a stand. Who did the right thing? Snowden? Government? (NSA? CIA?)

Agenda for Tuesday, March 14th: 

  • Finish “Snowden” position paper. OR, if you are finished, 
  • Do the GOING BEYOND assignment.
    • Read Joseph Gordon-Levitt: The Privacy Debate Is OnAs you read, pay attention to the actor’s answers to each interview question.
      • Assignment: On a sheet of paper or typed document, please write two responses for each question posed in the interview:
        • RESPONSE 1: Summarize the actor’s answers to each question. Begin each response by writing the actual question and then give your answer. 
        • RESPONSE 2: Write a paragraph that states how you would answer the interview question. Does your position differ from the actors? If so, how? Why?
  • Transition into List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues for 2016. 

Agenda for Wednesday, March 15th:

  • Wrap-up work on Snowden/Going Beyond assignments.
  • Transition to List of Emerging Ethical Dilemmas and Policy Issues for 2016 warm-up assignment. Please follow the directions below:

Agenda for Thursday & Friday, March 16 & 17th: 

  • Continue working on the assignment given yesterday. Be sure to focus on making your summaries, position statements, and explanations of the dilemmas as concise (short) as possible while still being descriptive and getting the job done.

Agenda for Monday, March 20th:

  • Work on “2016 Ethical Dilemmas” Assignment above.
  • Transition into FINAL PROJECT for this term. 

Agenda for Tuesday, March 21st – Friday, March 24th:

Agenda for Friday, March 24th:

  • Finish Final Project
  • All Work Due by Friday @ 4:00pm

LAST WEEK:

Agenda for Monday, March 6th:

  • Watch the Nova documentary, Rise of the Drones
  • Take notes while you watch
  • Make a list of the ethical dilemmas related to drone warfare and usage
  • Write position statements:
    • Should drones be used in warfare? 
    • Should drones be allowed for use by private citizens?
    • What laws and basic policies do you think should be in place to ensure proper and appropriate use of drones?

Agenda for Tuesday, March 7th:

  • We are beginning a film called “Snowden” today. This is a highly controversial film. As you watch, please do the following:
    • Take notes on the basic plot. 
    • Focus on Snowden’s background, history, and the evolution of his positions and opinions.
      • What is he hired to do for the government?
      • Why does the government want him to work for them?
      • What are his skills?
      • What are the things/issues that cause ethical dilemmas for him?

Agenda for Wednesday, March 8th:

  • Continue with “Snowden” 
  • Take notes.
  • Focus on Snowden’s background, history, and the evolution of his positions and opinions.

Agenda for Thursday, March 9th:

  • Finish Snowden
  • Begin a rough draft for a position paper. The paper should include the following basic paragraphs:
    • A summary of the plot. 
    • A brief biography of Snowden, from beginning to exile. Include his natural talents and skills.
    • A description of three ethical dilemmas he faced and the choices he made.
    • Your position – write a final position paragraph. Express your opinion about Snowden, the choices he made, whether you feel he is right or wrong, and your positions about government use of technology for the purposes of security.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of the issues he faced.
      • Demonstrate your understanding of what the government did/does for the purposes of “security.”
      • Take a stand. Who did the right thing? Snowden? Government? (NSA? CIA?)

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Elisa Halemeier (SCI) / Tim Bjornstad (LA)

  • Weeks 1-7: 12.6.16 – 1.31.17Link to Archive
  • Weeks 8-13: Now Playing

WEEK EIGHT

Agenda for Monday, February 6th:

Tasks: 

  • Learn to format assignments
    • Put your name and proper heading at the top of a loose sheet of paper. A proper heading is located in the upper right-hand corner of your document/page and includes:
      • First and last name
      • The date (February 6, 2016)
      • Your school
      • 4j student ID
    • Put the title of the assignment in the upper left-hand corner of the assignment.
    • Hand-write in good, clear writing OR type using 12-point font.
    • Double space! 
  • Create positions and responses to essential questions using complete sentences.
  • Conduct independent research
  • Cite sources!

Essential Questions: Smartphones and Social Media Position Assignment – You have 45 minutes to form a position on one or all of the questions below. Either hit all of them and cover all of your bases, or dive deep and focus on the prompt that catches your interest. Remember to read, cite sources, and get the job done.

  1. Are smartphones and social media positive forces in our culture? Take a position, back it up, and cite sources.
  2. Is our culture addicted to smartphone technology and social media? Take a position and cite sources that you agree with.
  3. How should schools handle student use of personal technology in classrooms and campuses? Create a cell phone policy that you believe would work for ECCO. Again, cite sources.

Links to Get You Thinking:

  1. Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction
  2. How I Quit My Smartphone Addiction and Really Started Living
  3. Digitally Weary Users Switch to ‘Dumb’ Phones
  4. Simon Sinek – This Is Exactly What’s Wrong With This Generation

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Agenda for Tuesday, February 7th:

  1. Debrief & Debate: Smartphones (one word) and Social Media
    1. General Positions
    2. School Policy Debate
    3. Email Policy Proposal to halemeier_e@4j.lane.edu AND bjornstad_t@4j.lane.edu.

Agenda for Wednesday, February 8th:

  1. NEWS: Is This The Age Of The Bionic Body?
  2. 109/WW2
  3. World Security Council Agenda Item #2: Water: Conduct independent research on the water situation/crisis. You may look into these issues on local, regional, national, and/or global levels. Please collect a minimum of three external sources for your information, take notes, and summarize each source in paragraph form, and make an in-paragraph reference to your citation. 
    1. EWEB Watershed Monitoring
    2. Don’t Flush ‘Em! Oregon’s Water Not Tested For Pharma
    3. Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Agenda for Thursday, February 9th:

  • When you finish researching the water crisis, find three sources of information, and write a summary of each source, transition to answer the essential question below.
  • ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How much money does the United States government spend on military staff, supplies and actions each year? Your mission is to research this question. Try to find sources that seem legitimate and highlight the costs of having, supplying, maintaining, paying, and using a military. Things to think about:
    • How much do soldiers earn? How many soldiers to we employ?
    • How much to various technologies, vehicles and tools cost?
    • Are there hidden costs associated with United States military activity?

Agenda for Friday, February 10th:

  • Check Synergy for your grade. Write a response to the data you see and develop a plan to arrive at the grade you’d like, if you don’t already have it. If you’ve missed participation points, please check in with Elisa or Tim. We will give you opportunities to earn some points back.
  • Water Issues – Respond to the following prompt:
    • What did you choose to focus on in your water crisis research? Local issues? Global issues? Write a summary about what you focused on and include a short description of each source you found.
  • Military Spending – Answer the following prompt:
    • Summarize what you learned in researching military spending. If you did not get that far, explain what you have been working on and why you did not choose to research military spending.
  • Assignments: Place the following in your folders:
    • Notes on water crisis issues.
    • Notes on sources and summaries.
    • Notes on military spending research.
    • End of week Synergy check-in

WEEK NINE:

Agenda for Monday, February 13th:

  1. Introductory Articles: Please read and study the following articles as they introduce our next topics.
    1. Cheap Eats, Cheap Labor: The Hidden Human Costs Of Those Lists
    2. Refugees and tech: Scenes from a Greek tragedy
  2.  World Security Council Priority List
    1. Climate Change
    2. Food & Water Crisis
    3. Population
    4. Disease
    5. World War 3
  3. Essential Terms (Make sure they are in your notes / folders)
    1. Philosophy
      1. Sophia
      2. Love
    2. Science
    3. Ethics
    4. Bioethics
    5. Theme
    6. Character

Agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 14th & 15th:

Agenda for Thursday, February 16th:

  • Complete Missing Assignments
  • BONUS ASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITY: 
    • History of the Home: The BathroomIf you complete this assignment, you can earn up to 9 participation points and boost your overall grade. Take notes, write down interesting facts you learn, and be prepared to complete the prompts below when the film ends. Here are the details:
      • Identify three or four recurring issues that have plagued humanity for hundreds of years and how they are tied to present day problems. What are issues facing humans today that are similar to issues faced 600-years-ago? 
      • Make a list of the most interesting things you heard/saw in the film. This series is loaded with interesting facts about the history of common expressions, sayings, and traditions that survive to this day.

Agenda for Friday, February 17th:

Agenda for Tuesday, February 21st:

  • Grade Check & Reflection
  • Welcome Back… Woolly Mammoth?
    • Take notes on the article and respond to the following prompts. Typed document preferred.  
      • Write a position statement.
      • Should scientists do this?
      • Why? Why not?
      • How is it possible?
      • What is the purpose?
  • Life Lessons from 100+
    • Bonus Assignment – What lessons do these individuals offer? What are their secrets? What are their regrets?
  • Earth’s Population Crisis: Conduct independent research on the human population crisis. Focus on the following:
    • Write a position statement: is there a crisis?
    • Research human population levels for the past 12,000 years. 
    • How have human population levels varied during the past two centuries? Please take extensive notes. 
    • Should we (as a species) be concerned?
    • Remember to cite sources and use the proper format! Proper formatting instructions are located at the top of this page.

Agenda for Wednesday, February 22nd:

Agenda for Thursday, February 23rd:

Agenda for Friday, February 24th:

  • Continue work on the Doctors and the Global Population Crisis Assignment. A few things to consider:
    • Do your best to get as far as you can today.
    • We understand that this is an intensive assignment that requires time and focus.
    • Remember to cite all sources.
    • Don’t forget to include a proper heading and assignment title.
  • If you finish your work prior to the end of the period, please look at the list of assignments for this grading period and make sure you are caught up.
  • For the second half of the period, please complete your Reading Check, which requires you to partner with someone else in the class. Compare notes on the three ethical dilemmas presented in the article, identify the primary problem being addressed in the article, and identify the person you are collaborating with for this assignment.

WEEK TEN:

Agenda for Monday, February 27th:

Agenda for Tuesday, February 28th:

  • Marking The Text – A Framework for Ethical Decision Making
    • Mark text

Agenda for Wednesday, March 1st:

  1. A Framework for Ethical Decision Making: Please take some time to study this document. Discuss the differences between the five approaches (Utilitarian, Rights, Common Good, Justice, Virtue) and think about the kinds of issues that each approach is best suited.
  2. Use the system of Five Sources of Ethical Standards (Utilitarian, Rights, etc…) to evaluate the following examples of ethical dilemmas listed and linked below. Take notes on the arguments made in each presentation and decide which standards best apply to these issues. What are the positives and benefits? What are the negatives and risks? Where do you stand (position statement) on the issues?
  3. Edward Snowden: Watch the following film to learn background related to what Edward Snowden did, why he did what he did, and whether or not you think his actions were ethical. Please take notes and focus on which of the Five Sources of Ethical Standards are best suited for these arguments
    • Film (Background Information, Snowden Arguments)
    • Position statement: Did Edward Snowden do the right thing? Are you able to make a decision and take a position based on this one source? Do you need to know more? What else do you need to know?

Agenda for Thursday, March 2nd:

Agenda for Friday, March, 3rd:

  • Please watch the video entitled Can We Live Forever? and take notes. When you finish the video, which is just under an hour in length, please write position statements on the issues presented in the video. Summarize your thoughts and make sure that you write clear position statements.

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Baselines & Essential Questions:

  1. Agreements & Technology Use
  2. Key Terms and Concepts
  3. Essential Questions:
    1. What are ethics?
    2. How should humanity prepare for life in the 21st century?
    3. Of the five items voted onto the security council agenda, how would you prioritize each issue? Which items would you choose to tackle first? Why?
    4. Write brief position statements on the following concepts:
      1. Position on vaccinations and government laws/policies requiring them.
      2. Position on which methods of water treatment/purification are best to fight the issue on both local and global scales.
      3. Opinion about the single greatest threat to humanity in the 21st century.
    5. How can science and philosophy help us answer these questions?

Agenda for Tuesday, January 31st:

  • Personal Research and Experience
    • Official Vaccine Waiver ModulesTake notes on the information presented in THIS PRESENTATION.
      • When you finish with the introduction, be sure to select a minimum of five vaccine modules to experience. Take notes throughout the presentation and think about where you stand on the issue of mandatory vaccinations.

Agenda for February 1st:

  • Vaccination Exemption Survey
    • Print Certificate and file in blue folder.
  • Position Statements:
    1. WHO/WHOM? – 
    2. WHAT? – 
    3. WHERE? –
    4. WHEN? –
    5. WHY? –
    6. HOW? – 

Agenda for February 2nd:

  1. Wrap up work for first half of the term.
  2. Vaccine Exemption Survey (Print certificate and file in blue folder.
  3. Develop position statements
  4. Complete Midterm Self-Assessment