Leadership and the Future of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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

Course Description

Scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, and emerging technologies have a major impact on our everyday lives in the 21st century. Such innovation addresses a range of global needs and problems, but can also lead to new dilemmas. Few high school students are exposed to the cutting-edge research that is informing the future of science, technology, and medicine in the context of socially responsible leadership. In this course, students will learn about a range of leading-edge scientific topics including, epigenetics, tissue engineering, cloning, genetic engineering, stem cell research, and innovative medical devices. Our study of these areas will include an overview of 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 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 on 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 academic areas such as biology, engineering, and pre-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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