Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineSamantha Rosenthal

Course Description

Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. They provide new insight into our complex world and address a range of global needs and problems. Few pre-college students are exposed to cutting edge research that will likely lead to the future of science, technology and medicine. In this course, students will learn about some of these emerging topics: epigenetics, tissue engineering, cloning, genetic engineering, stem cell research, and medical devices. Our study of these topics will include understanding the state of the field today, the way forward, and the ethical implications for the future. Through this course, students will be inspired to be forward–thinking and socially responsible scientists, leading innovation for tomorrow.

There will be three overall aims of this course. First, we will analyze texts and other media that introduce an array of topics pertaining to the future of science, technology, and medicine in the world. Secondly, we will brainstorm how existing technologies can be used in the future to address global needs and problems. We will also discuss the ethical implications of emerging technologies. The third element of this course will be focused around the theme of 'leadership for social change' which includes the development of an Action Plan which must be presented at the end of the program. This is a challenging course designed for rising juniors and seniors that will provide a foundation for further study at university in a number of disciplines: science, engineering, and medicine. Please note: this is not a lab-based course.


This course is part of the Leadership Institute Online, a four-week academic program that helps students cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership. This unique program consists of two core elements: academic content based on the course of one's choosing and leadership content common to all courses, including the development of an Action Plan.

Enrollment in this program requires participation in one-hour synchronous or "live" sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am Eastern Standard Time (EST) - 12:30pm (EST). Other than participation in these two weekly synchronous or "live" sessions, participation in the course may be completed daily, at any time.

Additional programmatic information may be found here.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites required for this course.

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0922

Program Information

Leadership Institute

Brown's Pre-College Program focused on developing socially responsible leaders and creating positive change. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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