Science & Technology Studies (STS)Arts and Sciences

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STS 1123

This seminar explores the ways in which Technology and Society shape one another and provides the opportunity to write extensively about this mutual shaping. Topics vary by section. view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

STS 1126

This seminar explores the ways in which Science and Society shape one another and provides the opportunity to write extensively about this mutual shaping. Topics vary by section. view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Lives on Trial: Histories of Biomedicine

  • 18363STS 1126  SEM 101

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  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute

STS 1127

Hurricanes. Guns. Ebola. Financial meltdowns. Contaminated food. Climate change. Cyber warfare. We live in a hazardous world of uncertainty, surrounded by claims about risks, some sounding the alarm, some ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

STS 1201

This course investigates the ethical, legal, and social foundations of information. Through lectures, readings, and independent projects, the class will learn to analyze and engage key challenges ranging ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: INFO 1200

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9949STS 1201  LEC 001

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STS 1941

How did the approaches to knowledge of nature that developed in medieval and early-modern Europe create an enterprise that associated the practical manipulation of nature with scientific truth? This course ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: BSOC 1941HIST 1941

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9821STS 1941  LEC 001

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STS 2011

This course introduces some central ideas in the field of S&TS. It is aimed at students from any background who are challenged to think more critically about what counts as scientific knowledge and ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: SOC 2100

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8027STS 2011  LEC 001

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  •  8029STS 2011  DIS 201

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  •  8030STS 2011  DIS 202

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  •  8260STS 2011  DIS 203

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STS 2061

Politicians, scientists, and citizens worldwide face many environmental issues today, but they are neither simple nor straightforward. Moreover, there are many ways to understand how we have, do, and could ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2061PHIL 2460

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17013STS 2061  LEC 001

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  • First-Year students not permitted to enroll into this course.

  • 17016STS 2061  DIS 203

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  • 17017STS 2061  DIS 204

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  • 17340STS 2061  DIS 205

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  • 17341STS 2061  DIS 206

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STS 2071

This course offers an introductory survey of the history of medicine (principally in Europe and the United States) from classical antiquity to the early twentieth century. Using a combination of both primary ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2071HIST 2710

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8262STS 2071  LEC 001

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  •  8264STS 2071  DIS 201

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  •  8266STS 2071  DIS 202

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  •  8268STS 2071  DIS 203

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  •  8270STS 2071  DIS 204

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  •  8443STS 2071  DIS 205

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STS 2231

In this seminar, we will explore the role of energy as a force in the driving of history.  With the widespread harnessing of fossil fuels in the nineteenth century as our pivot point, we will consider ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2131

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16366STS 2231  SEM 101

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STS 2451

Bioethics is the study of ethical problems brought about by advances in the medical field.  Questions we'll discuss may include:  Is it morally permissible to advance a patient's death, at his or her request, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 2455

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19095STS 2451  LEC 001

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STS 2751

As technologies and algorithms that can autonomously take in information, make decisions, and act on those decisions become more and more prevalent, questions arise as to the moral and ethical aspects ... view course details

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STS 2761

Traffic lights, elevators, and recycling bins seem rather boring and irrelevant. Yet, while not usually on our minds when thinking about governance and regulation, these seemingly mundane technologies ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 2760

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17447STS 2761  LEC 001

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STS 2871

Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Lectures focus on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BIOEE 2070

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6789STS 2871  LEC 001

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  • Intended for students with no background in college biology. May not be taken for credit after BIOEE 1780 Does not meet evolutionary biology requirement for biological sciences major.

  •  6790STS 2871  DIS 201

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  •  6791STS 2871  DIS 202

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  •  6792STS 2871  DIS 203

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STS 2921

Explores the history of information technology from the 1830s to the present by considering the technical and social history of telecommunications (telegraph and the telephone), radio, television, computers, ... view course details

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  • 16948STS 2921  LEC 001

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  • 16949STS 2921  DIS 201

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  • 18512STS 2921  DIS 202

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  • 18513STS 2921  DIS 203

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STS 3011

Biology and biotechnology are major influences on modern life. In addition, socio-political and historical conditions have shaped biological research and its applications in medicine, agriculture, environmental ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: BSOC 3011

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6456STS 3011  LEC 001

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  • First-Year students not admitted into course.

STS 3020

How to write about science, technology, and medicine for the media. Writing assignments focus on writing news for web sites, blogs, magazines, and other media. view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: COMM 3020

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8252STS 3020  LEC 001

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  • Not open to freshmen. Prerequisite: college-level writing course.

  •  8253STS 3020  LAB 401

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STS 3121

Sound as a medium has been neglected not only in the sciences but also in social sciences and humanities. We will engage with new emerging work in sound studies by addressing specific locations and activities ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MUSIC 3432

  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 3311

Environmental governance is defined as the assemblage of institutions that regulate society-nature interactions and shape environmental outcomes across a range of spatial and temporal scales.  Institutions, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 3311DSOC 3311NTRES 3311

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  8072STS 3311  LEC 001

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  • Enrollment limited to: juniors, seniors, or by permission of instructor.

  •  8073STS 3311  DIS 201

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  •  8074STS 3311  DIS 202

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  •  8075STS 3311  DIS 203

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  •  8207STS 3311  DIS 204

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STS 3460

The body is often taken for granted as the material substrate for culture -- its physicality the purview of science and its meaning the purview of social studies. This course examines a range of texts ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 3465BSOC 3460

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16817STS 3460  LEC 001

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STS 3651

Psychoanalysis considers the human being not as an object of treatment, but as a subject who is called upon to elaborate an unconscious knowledge about what is disrupting her life, through analysis of ... view course details

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  • 17981STS 3651  LEC 001

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STS 3811

This course will cover various topics in the philosophy of science. view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 3810

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6784STS 3811  DIS 201

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  •  6785STS 3811  DIS 202

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STS 3911

This course reviews the changing political relations between science, technology, and the state in America from 1960 to the present. It focuses on policy choices involving science and technology in different ... view course details

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  • 17209STS 3911  LEC 001

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STS 3991

More information and applications available in 306 Rockefeller Hall. view course details

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7701STS 3991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7702STS 3991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7703STS 3991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7704STS 3991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7705STS 3991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7706STS 3991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7707STS 3991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7708STS 3991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7709STS 3991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7710STS 3991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7711STS 3991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7712STS 3991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

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STS 4122

The power of a name is sometimes as great as that of an idea.  This course will study how Darwin became, then and now, an icon rather than just a Victorian naturalist.  We will look at writings of Darwin ... view course details

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  • 16398STS 4122  SEM 101

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STS 4231

Why are some technologies such as cars and computers associated with men and masculinity? How did vacuums and sewing machines become gendered female? How do technological artifacts and systems constitute, ... view course details

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  • 17202STS 4231  SEM 101

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STS 4303

Biotechnology is a broad term for the tools used to alter living organisms for human purposes. Genetic engineering (recombinant DNA technology) is one class of methods used in biotechnology. Private sector ... view course details

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  •  4694STS 4303  LEC 001

    • TRWarren Hall 401
    • Davidson Evanega, S

      Davies, P

      Herring, R

      Hobbs, P

      Thies, J

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STS 4501

This seminar investigates some of the university's old and often neglected teaching collections. Focus is on those collections that consist of replicas (e.g. musical instruments, Rau plow collection, plaster ... view course details

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  • 18193STS 4501  SEM 101

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STS 4631

This course explores the organization of cultural and scientific knowledge in the form of so-called "encyclopedias", beginning with Pliny the Elder's Natural History and tracing its development in later ... view course details

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  • 17947STS 4631  SEM 101

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STS 4951

Explores how the human and social sciences have provided the knowledge and categories we use to make sense of human beings and their behavior. Looking across a range of disciplines-including sociology, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8968STS 4951  SEM 101

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STS 4991

Students must register for 4 credits each semester (4991-4992) for a total of 8 credits. After the first semester, students receive a letter grade of "R"; a letter grade for both semesters is submitted ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: BSOC 4991HE 4991

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  9613STS 4991  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

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STS 6031

Hacktivism, cyber-crime, cyber-espionage, and cyber-war have become worrisome for individuals, corporations, and nation-states. This course analyses cyber conflict as technopolitics, showing how the specific ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16892STS 6031  SEM 101

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STS 6261

A seminar on the global historiography of technology. Typical topics include industrialization; military science and technology; science and engineering in corporate settings; engineering as a profession; ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 6190

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16806STS 6261  SEM 101

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STS 6311

In this Graduate seminar we will discuss the nature, politics and basic assumptions underlying qualitative research. We will examine a selection of qualitative methods ranging from interviewing, oral history, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 6310

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18181STS 6311  SEM 101

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STS 6321

Rather than analyze the social impact of technology upon society, this course investigates how society gets inside technology. In other words, is it possible that the very design of technologies embody ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 6320

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17212STS 6321  SEM 101

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STS 6460

This course examines a range of texts that treat the body as the subject and object of cultural, technological, political, and ethical processes. Students investigate the cultivation of physical and social ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 6465BSOC 6460

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17332STS 6460  SEM 101

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STS 6811

Advanced discussion of some problem or problems in the philosophy of science. view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 6810

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Philosophical Naturalism and Its Critics

  •  8748STS 6811  SEM 101

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STS 6991

Applications and information are available in 306 Rockefeller Hall. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7688STS 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7689STS 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7690STS 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7691STS 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7692STS 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7693STS 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7694STS 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7695STS 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7696STS 6991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7697STS 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7698STS 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7699STS 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7700STS 6991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Vogel, K

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STS 7111

Provides students with a foundation in the field of science and technology studies. Using classic works as well as contemporary exemplars, seminar participants chart the terrain of this new field. Topics ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5879STS 7111  SEM 101

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STS 7631

This course explores the organization of cultural and scientific knowledge in the form of so-called "encyclopedias", beginning with Pliny the Elder's Natural History and tracing its development in later ... view course details

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  • 17948STS 7631  SEM 101

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