How does policy shape science? How does science become useful technology? Who pays, who benefits, who cleans up?
“Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.” Kenneth Boulding, economist, educator, peace activist, 1910-1993
“It is widely understood that science and technological innovation are deeply linked to economic growth in a society and its corresponding ability to generate societal well-being. Thus, one could say that the public role of science is growing. This course will examine the public policy behind and the government’s role in the science and technology innovation system and address questions that will explore the relationship between scientific research and political decision-making. The course will provide students with: a background on the science and technology policy environment; a multidisciplinary toolkit for thinking about science and technology policy and an understanding of the “social science” aspect of science and technology policy.” (RMC Undergraduate Calendar)
This is a junior course in the field of public administration for political science students, and serving as an arts elective for students in other programs. It is offered as an alternative to HIE289 for students in science and engineering programs.
Students taking the course will
Engineering students taking the course will develop
Engineering students will achieve the same objectives met by HIE289 or POE289
Smardon, Bruce. 2014. Asleep at the Switch: The Political Economy of Federal Research and Development Policy since 1960. Kingston: McGill-Queens.
Other readings from the reference list will be accessible in electronic form online
40 percent in class participation and quizzes on readings
20 percent in class presentations
40 percent final exam
The course adopts a problem-based learning approach, with each week focusing on a policy issue related to the learning objectives.
Participation opportunities and quizzes will be available online (Moodle) as well as in class.
Academic regulations 7.4 and 10.2 are in effect
This version of POE234 was developed by David Last without compensation as part of a normal teaching load to support delivery of an on-site course. It is neither the property nor the responsibility of RMC Division of Continuing Studies. It is housed on a private web site paid for by Dr. Last. Any requests for use of the course material must be referred to the authors or copyright holders. The web site is for the use of students enrolled in the course or supervised by Dr. Last or other professors assigned to the course, and copyright material is made available to these students under “fair use” rules.