Science & Technology Studies (STS)Arts and Sciences

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STS 1101

From global warming to surveillance of citizens to health-care reform, issues in science, technology, and medicine are also political issues. This course uses contemporary scientific controversies to explore ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17059STS 1101  LEC 001

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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Reimagining Inequality in Emerging Tech

  • 18297STS 1123  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Stories of (Agri)Culture

  • 18298STS 1126  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS:Writers of the Near Future Inc,Training Module

  • 18299STS 1126  SEM 102

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Knowledge, Power, and Mathematics

  • 18300STS 1126  SEM 103

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/

STS 1180

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BIOEE 1180

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6185STS 1180  LEC 001

  • 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.

STS 2051

In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, complex ethical issues arise from interpersonal interactions between patients and clinicians to broad controversies that propel medicine into headline news.  ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2051

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8263STS 2051  LEC 001

  • First-Year students must have permission of instructor to enroll.

  •  8264STS 2051  DIS 201

  •  8265STS 2051  DIS 202

  •  8266STS 2051  DIS 203

  •  8267STS 2051  DIS 204

  •  8268STS 2051  DIS 205

  •  8269STS 2051  DIS 206

  •  8270STS 2051  DIS 207

  •  8271STS 2051  DIS 208

STS 2131

Science fiction is not merely a literary genre but a whole way of being, thinking, and acting in the modern world. This course explores classic and contemporary science fiction from Frankenstein to The ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 2131COML 2035ENGL 2035

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16677STS 2131  LEC 001

STS 2280

How have different dimensions of our lives become matters of public health? Focusing on modern America, this course explores how public health has been bound up with histories of the state, the economy, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 2280

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18373STS 2280  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 2455

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17872STS 2451  LEC 001

  • 17873STS 2451  DIS 201

  • 17874STS 2451  DIS 202

STS 2470

Digital technology has been a part of modern life in the U.S. since the Cold War. A growing population of users works, plays, become politically active and fight-off boredom through digital technology. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 2470LSP 2470

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17136STS 2470  LEC 001

STS 2561

An exploration of processes of change in health care practices in China. Focuses on key transitions, such as the emergence of canonical medicine, of Daoist approaches to healing and longevity, of "scholar ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  • 16630STS 2561  LEC 001

STS 2751

Covers the ethics of intelligent autonomous systems. Fulfills liberal studies credit – is not an ECE technical elective. As technologies and algorithms that can autonomously take in information, make decisions, ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ECE 2750ENGRG 2750INFO 2750

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  8154STS 2751  LEC 001

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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  • 17563STS 2921  LEC 001

  • 17564STS 2921  DIS 201

    • F
    • Kline, R

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 3011

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5909STS 3011  LEC 001

  • 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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: COMM 3020

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9316STS 3020  LEC 001

  • One college-level writing course. No first-year students.

  •  9317STS 3020  LAB 401

STS 3111

This course provides an introduction to the ways in which medical practice, the medical profession, and medical technology are embedded in society and culture. We will ask how medicine is connected to ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 3111DSOC 3111SOC 3130

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  9142STS 3111  LEC 001

  • Enrollment limited to: senior, junior, and sophomore students.

  •  9143STS 3111  DIS 201

  •  9144STS 3111  DIS 202

  •  9145STS 3111  DIS 203

  •  9146STS 3111  DIS 204

STS 3231

This course analyzes the development of foreign policy at the nexus of global health and national security in an attempt to better define and understand the evolving concept of "Global Health Security ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 3231

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9381STS 3231  LEC 081

  • Taught in Washington, DC. This is part of the Cornell in Washington program.

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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  •  7275STS 3311  LEC 001

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

  •  7276STS 3311  DIS 201

  •  7277STS 3311  DIS 202

  •  7278STS 3311  DIS 203

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3911GOVT 3091

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17145STS 3911  LEC 001

STS 3991

Applications for research projects are accepted by individual STS faculty members. Students may enroll for 1–4 credits in STS 3991 with written permission of the faculty supervisor and may elect either ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6978STS 3991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6979STS 3991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6980STS 3991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6981STS 3991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6982STS 3991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6983STS 3991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6984STS 3991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6985STS 3991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6986STS 3991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6987STS 3991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6988STS 3991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6989STS 3991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

STS 4041

Scientists in the main try to avoid controversy whilst STS scholars argue that controversy can be a motor of scientific change. There is a lengthy tradition of research into different forms of controversies ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17233STS 4041  SEM 101

STS 4240

The social impact of technologies is typically thought about fairly late, if ever, in the design process. Indeed, it can be difficult at design time to predict what effects technologies will have. Nevertheless, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: INFO 4240

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8321STS 4240  LEC 001

  •  9584STS 4240  DIS 201

  •  9585STS 4240  DIS 202

  •  9586STS 4240  DIS 203

  •  9587STS 4240  DIS 204

  •  9588STS 4240  DIS 205

  •  9589STS 4240  DIS 207

  •  9591STS 4240  DIS 210

  •  9592STS 4240  DIS 211

STS 4312

From Switched-On Bach to Synthpop and EDM, since the late 1960s electronic synthesizers have expanded the sonic palette and identity formation of popular musicians, leading to new concepts of sound and ... view course details

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  • 16273STS 4312  SEM 101

STS 4330

How do we perceive and know the world around us? Which are the multiple ways in which we negotiate this knowledge into language and embodied practice? Does one's position in society matter? Is the thing ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4330COGST 4330

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17151STS 4330  SEM 101

STS 4641

This seminar explores Latin American political violence since the 1970s, focusing on the role technology played in internal conflicts called "Dirty Wars," in which the state employed extrajudicial violence ... view course details

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  • 17020STS 4641  SEM 101

STS 4751

This course is divided into three major thematic sections. The first looks at the history of racial thinking in the West. We begin with the existence (or not) of conceptions of biological race in the early- ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 4751

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17153STS 4751  SEM 101

STS 4841

The term "epidemic" travels widely and wildly in contemporary worlds.  But, what, when and where is "the epidemic"? How and why does epidemic unfold? This senior seminar offers an interdisciplinary exploration ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4041BSOC 4841FGSS 4841

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9044STS 4841  SEM 101

STS 4902

The environmental humanities pose a radically different set of questions to texts, materials, and contexts that were previously approached in terms of human intentions and actions alone. This seminar explores ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4902COML 6902STS 6902

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17783STS 4902  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 4991

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7845STS 4991  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Staff

STS 6061

This course examines the relationship between scientific development, technological innovation and maintenance, and the capitalistic forces that support and benefit from these activities. view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 6065

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17226STS 6061  SEM 101

STS 6121

This graduate seminar offers an introduction to environmental history—the study of human interactions with nonhuman nature in the past. It is a subfield within the historical discipline that has complex ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 6221

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17779STS 6121  SEM 101

STS 6312

From Switched-On Bach to Synthpop and EDM, since the late 1960s electronic synthesizers have expanded the sonic palette and identity formation of popular musicians, leading to new concepts of sound and ... view course details

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  • 16278STS 6312  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SOC 6320

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9685STS 6321  SEM 101

STS 6641

This seminar explores Latin American political violence since the 1970s, focusing on the role technology played in internal conflicts called "Dirty Wars," in which the state employed extrajudicial violence ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17023STS 6641  SEM 101

STS 6902

The environmental humanities pose a radically different set of questions to texts, materials, and contexts that were previously approached in terms of human intentions and actions alone. This seminar explores ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4902COML 6902STS 4902

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9666STS 6902  SEM 101

STS 6991

Applications and information are available in 303 Morrill Hall. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6965STS 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6966STS 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6967STS 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6968STS 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6969STS 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6970STS 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6971STS 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6972STS 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6973STS 6991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6974STS 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6975STS 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6976STS 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6977STS 6991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Vogel, K

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 7110

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5382STS 7111  SEM 101

STS 7937

The Proseminar in Peace Studies offers a multidisciplinary review of issues related to peace and conflict at the graduate level. The course is led by the director of the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 7937HIST 7937

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16768STS 7937  SEM 101

    • R
    • Slayton, R