Science and Technology for Global Citizens

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 9, 16, 23, 2018 (No class May 2)
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Larry Wilson
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

Do you want to better understand and evaluate popular media coverage of scientific and technological issues? This course for non-scientists begins with the “nature of scientific proof” followed by exploration of important scientific/technological issues including: the evolution of the universe; energy sources and consequences; climate change; weapons of mass destruction and extremism; sustainability and emerging new technologies. Concepts such as energy and power, the nature of light and radioactivity will be introduced when necessary. No particular background in science and technology is expected or needed, just an inquiring mind.

Course outline

Larry Wilson ( has a passion for helping non-scientists understand issues in science and technology that affect their everyday lives. He has taught similar courses at College for Seniors and at two universities, including non-traditional students in the UNC Asheville Masters of Liberal Arts and Sciences program. Larry holds a doctorate in chemistry.