Science and technology are powerful forces in the modern world. They are culture-bearing and fully intertwined with other societal forces such as religion, politics, and economics. The aim of the course is to understand how using a humanistic approach to analyze science and technology can help solve some of the most pressing problems in our world. The first part of the course will focus on methodologies: how does the field of the humanities approach issues in science and technology? The second part of the course will explore specific case studies by placing scientific and technological developments within their historical and cultural contexts. You will learn a base of knowledge that will enable you to critically analyze science and technology, and enter, with an informed judgment, into the fascinating debate taking place today concerning their increasing role in our society.