Eigen, Joel Peter
November 1980
American Sociologist;Nov80, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p214
Academic Journal
One hears in current curricular discussions renewed interest in affirming the goals of general education, particularly that of instilling intellectual curiosity. The sociology of science offers to undergraduate education both an analytical framework and a body of literature with which to further these goals. This article highlights several themes in the sociology of science and examines how, in applying these perspectives to two areas in undergraduate sociology, students can be led to question the "received word" by seeking out the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and the socio-political context in which scientific ideas are pursued. Suggestions for extending this perspective to sociobiology are discussed.


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