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Ideology and Science (27858) | Dr. Raz Chen

 The course intends to examine the concept of ideology, what sort of applications it acquired, and what is the importance in critically examining ideology. This general survey of "ideology" will open the questions concerning the relationship between scientific activity and political and social ideologies: In what ways ideologies shapes and informed the history of modern science, is science a part of a particular ideology, is science itself a social ideology. What are the benefits in reusing the concept of ideology, and can it supply new tools to confront certain post-modern tendencies of isolating "power" as a sole determinant in shaping human culture?