Science and Justice Training Program

2011 SJTP Fellows with Center Director, Jenny ReardonThe Science and Justice Training Program trains science and engineering graduate students alongside social science, humanities and arts graduate students in collaborative research practices that are both empirically robust and ethically responsive for exploring the meeting of questions of science and knowledge with questions of ethics and justice. The program is unique in its effort to broaden the scope of ethics education in science and engineering to include and build new sites and practices for pursuing social justice.

More information on the Science and Justice Research Center and its initiatives can be found here.

Science and Justice Curriculum

Science and Justice: Experiments in Collaboration is cross listed as ANTH 267A, BME/FMST/SOCY 268A. The course is the gateway course into the Science and Justice Training Program. The Science and Justice Research Seminar (ANTH 267B, BME/FMST/SOCY 268B) is not currently offered.

Course Description

Many of today’s most important challenges require co-laboration across historic divides—between natural and social sciences, arts and engineering, the academy and activism, and so on. Living on the planet with clean water, food and means for a good life requires forging novel enactments of justice along with expanded conceptions of knowledge and evidence. Forging livable and just relations among humans and non-humans are not just matters for legal experts, but are socioecological and biopolitical accomplishments. Deciding what property is and its future on a planet where ownership is the domain of the few proceeds not just in courtrooms, but in laboratories. This class offers a unique opportunity for graduate students from engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts to learn to labor together to understand and address these and other critical issues. The course proceeds through problem-based inquiry at the junction of science and justice. A series of classes will model co-laborative conversations that pair a science and engineering scholar with a scholar from the social sciences, humanities and arts. Past topics include de-extinction, soil socio-ecologies, and racial justice and genomics. Throughout, you will work with your fellow students to imagine a possible co-laboration that engages your own research questions.

Certificate Requirements

Typically the course is offered during the spring quarter. Students have until the end of the subsequent academic year to complete all requirements.

  • Students must be currently enrolled at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Enroll in and pass the course Science & Justice: Experiments in Collaboration (ANTH 267A, BME/FMST/SOCY 268A), with a letter grade of B or higher or S if enrolled as ‘S/US’.

  • Attend and participate in six Working Group meetings or co-sponsored events (SJRC hosts or co-sponsors 12-15 events per year). Sign-in sheets serve as attendance records at each event.

  • Host an event: The final project for the course will be a proposal for a collaborative public event which connects the student’s research interests with other students and/or members of the community. Selected event proposals will receive appropriate funding, and will be invited to present their event to the Science & Justice Working Group. To complete the certificate program, students not selected to present to the Working Group will be required to present an informal event or discussion.

    • Event Planning: Students will attend one group mentoring meeting per term in the subsequent academic year to keep Center staff appraised of their event plans.

    • Rapporteur Report: Students will write an analysis of their event within two weeks of their event.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the requirements, graduate fellows will receive a notation on their official transcripts and a certificate of completion recognized by the UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate and Graduate Division.

Publications and Popular Press

The Science and Justice Training Program is often looked at as an exemplar in interdisciplinarity programing and research and often appears in press in the form of op-ed’s, coverage of event programming, and interviews about program practices and methodologies.

One of the goals of the Science & Justice community is to produce and support original research. Select publications and interviews highlighting the Science and Justice Training Program are listed below:

Graduate students interested in pursuing the Science and Justice Training Program should contact the Science and Justice Research Center (scijust@ucsc.edu).

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