Each semester students in Physics and Chemistry classes are required to submit two literature reviews.
Science is not all analytical study and facts. Moral and ethical questions are faced by scientists every day. Science is not always about “can we” but often finds itself asking itself “should we”. Through the literature studies and reviews students will investigate the moral and ethical core of science. Though some of the stories may seem far-fetched or highly unlikely, they all have central themes and a moral core.
Each Literature review will count as a test grade. They will each be due on or before the dates listed below. If papers are turned in early and time allows they will be checked and returned so that any necessary corrections could be made if the student desires.
Literature Review No. 1 due by October 29, 2015
Literature Review No. 2 due by December 10, 2015
Literature Review No. 3 due by March 23, 2016
Literature Review No. 4 due by May 18, 2016
There will also be opportunities for students to view movies that also have a science basis and a strong moral or ethical core. Extra credit reports over these videos may also be done at a rate of once per six weeks period. These reports will follow the same directions and format as the literature review.
Some texts will be available in the school library but most will not. The student can contact the Waco-McLennan County Library for assistance in checking out copies of the books or possibly audio copies. If they desire they may also look into purchasing either physical or digital copies as well. I will have a limited supply of some of these books that may also be checked out.
Contact information for the Waco-McLennan County Library is:
Central Library 1717 Austin Ave 254-750-5943
West Waco Library 5301 Bosque Blvd #275 254-745-6018
South Waco Library 2737 S 18th St 254-750-8621
All papers will be turned in using the “Turn-it-in” system.
If a paper has more than a 25% plagiarism rating without proper citations then it will not be counted.
The views expressed in the books on this list do not necessarily express the views of the instructor or Bosqueville ISD. It is the student’s responsibility to research the various titles and to choose the best books for them to read throughout the year. If the student is offended by a book in any way (since some of the works include mature themes or subject matter – for example, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep or Invasive Procedures) it is the student’s responsibility to select another book and complete the assignment before the deadline set at the beginning of the class.