PSCD01H3: The Physical Sciences in Contemporary Society

Current issues involving physical science in modern society. Topics include: complex nature of the scientific method; inter-connection between theory, concepts and experimental data; characteristics of premature, pathological and pseudo-science; organization and funding of scientific research in Canada; role of communication and publishing; public misunderstanding of scientific method. These will be discussed using issues arising in chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics and physics.
Note: Where PSCD01H3 is a Program requirement, it may be replaced by PHY341H with the approval of the Program supervisor.
Prerequisite: Completion of at least one-half of the credits required in any one of the programs offered by the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences.

Corequisite
Continued participation in one of the Physical and Environmental Sciences programs.
Exclusion
PHY341H
Breadth Requirements
Social and Behavioural Sciences