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For the final essay in this course, you will write an essay focused on an important development in twentieth-century science or technology that impacted society. Write an essay on this development that covers the four parts described below. Remember to use the skills you developed in Essay 1 and Essay 2 to include all the required sections of an essay, including references. You may choose any development in the twentieth century, even those in disciplines we have not yet covered as a class.
Part I: thoroughly explain what the development was. Someone who has never heard of the development you chose should be able to understand your explanation.
Part II: explain how your chosen development was shaped by its social or cultural context and how it, in turn, affected society.
Part III: get you sci fi on! Imagine that your chosen development had emerged from a different social or cultural context, or with a different representative population. Discuss how this imagined context would have changed the development’s effects on society and/or other STEM fields.
Part IV: what does the scenario you discussed in part III tell us about the social context of STEM research? Does it suggest any changes that we could make to reap more benefits from STEM going forward?