Given some of the case studies we are examining, were there any that stood out in terms of the arguments being put forward in the controversy under consideration? In other words, did you find yourself ‘taking sides’ in any of the conflicts we’re reading about? If so, why did you find one angle or perspective in a case study more or less persuasive?
What kinds of evidence did various social actors use to present or argue their case? If folks haven’t had a chance to finish the readings before taking to our discussion board, please feel free to draw on other sources or examples that come to mind: in the STEM realm broadly speaking, can we think of examples were there are two or more points of view that come into conflict – and where one or another point of view or series of claims appears to be more legitimate, more trustworthy, more authoritative, more valid?
What did folks make of the readings on climate and on COVID?? Did any of them speak to questions of expertise and democratic decision making in a way you found intriguing or challenging? Did folks find the individual vs. structure dynamic posed in some of the readings provocative? Perhaps the emphasis on taking an intersectional approach to describing and intervening re: the effects of COVID? Were there instances where questions of risk, trust, and authority seemed particularly prominent and worthy of further consideration?
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