MICB-603 Science & Technology in the Global Arena: Biomedical Perspective
Fall for 2017-2018
Science and technology have revolutionized geopolitical strategy, internationalized markets, created new possibilities for environmental or nuclear destruction, undermined totalitarian governments, and changed the conduct of warfare and the basis of economic and political power.

MICB603 is a graduate introduction to how science and technology affect foreign affairs, and how international affairs influence science and technology. It may be taken by graduate students from anywhere in the university without special permission.

It has no prerequisites, and is suitable both for the policy generalist and for students with backgrounds in science.

The course explores how science and technology are linked to sustainability, scientific risk and uncertainty, economics, domestic and international policies and politics, scientific advice to governments, and government support to research and innovation. It uses examples drawn from environment, security, nuclear policy, information, communications, energy, homeland defense, health, and manufacturing technology. It also explores the role of technological innovation in increasing productivity and competitiveness, and in solving critical social problems.

Finally, we compare the US approach to technology management, innovation, and science and technology policy with those of Europe, Japan, the former communist countries, and the developing countries.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: None
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