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. 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.
Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016