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IDS 403 - Technology and Society

Course guide developed specifically for IDS 403 to help support the research and learning processes.


You’ll pick and research your own topic, but to think about how you’ll explore and research your topic through the lens, consider the following example.

If you were researching the Endeavour and and Mae Jemison through the Science lens, you would think about how this topic relates to or has impacted science and brainstorm related keywords. If it helps, consider:

  • How has the Endeavor's flight and successful mission impacted scientific knowledge or space exploration?
  • How did the inclusion of an African-American astronaut changed the field of space exploration or other STEM fields?
  • What technological advances were necessary for the success of the Endeavor's flight?

To learn more about technology and science in space, watch the video Exploring Outer Space: Robots.

Suggested Databases

The list below are some examples of the library's databases that you can use to search for primary and secondary sources. Thinking about your search strategies, we might start to brainstorm by thinking of keywords. 

Including the keyword: Science, might not be very helpful, but searching “Mae Jemison” AND Space Exploration, would be. The results will be related to your topic and focused on the scientific aspects. Other searches might include:

  • Jemison AND (NASA OR Space Exploration OR Astronaut) AND STEM
  • Endeavor AND (NASA OR Space Exploration OR Astronaut) AND Technology