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Upper School Curriculum

  • Science
Science, Society, And Social Justice
Grades: 11, 12

This semester-long elective digs deeply into the interplay between justice and science, unraveling the intricate threads that connect these two domains. Students will embark on a thought-provoking exploration of the role science plays in shaping our societal framework. Students will have ample opportunities to examine the inherent “costs” of progress and will be asked to reflect on who bears the impact of scientific advancements. The course is designed to engage students at the intersection of philosophy, ethics, and morality, and hopes to foster a profound understanding of science as a collaborative human endeavor. Through interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-cultural learning, students will gain insights into the broader implications of scientific pursuits. The course will utilize diverse learning methods such as guest lectures, videos, TED Talks, podcasts, and research, and students will be empowered to approach science with a critical and reflective lens. Encouraging problem-solving skills and cultivating a spirit of inquiry, the curriculum is based on student-driven interests but will largely explore key themes related to science and colonialism; race and science; disease and racism; and gender and gender stereotypes in science. Students will not only be active participants in discussions but will also have ample opportunities for reflection, fostering a comprehensive understanding of the nuanced relationship between science, justice and societal impact.

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12