Science & Technology Studies (STS)Arts and Sciences

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STS 1121

Why do so many women and minority students drop out of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields? Is this true at Cornell, the Alma Mater of so many top-ranked scientists (including ... 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: Witches, Exorcists and Scientists

  • 17745STS 1126  SEM 101

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

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • Topic: FWS: Scientific Subject: Intersectional Feminist

  • 17746STS 1126  SEM 102

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

STS 2051

In today's rapidly changing world of health and medicine, complex ethical issues arise in many contexts from the private, interpersonal interactions between doctor and patient to the broad, mass-mediated ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2051

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7003STS 2051  LEC 001

  • University Common Course.

  •  7005STS 2051  DIS 201

  •  7007STS 2051  DIS 202

  •  7009STS 2051  DIS 203

  •  7011STS 2051  DIS 204

  •  7013STS 2051  DIS 205

  •  7015STS 2051  DIS 206

  •  7017STS 2051  DIS 207

  •  7019STS 2051  DIS 208

STS 2131

Science fiction, as Fredric Jameson put it, is "the only kind of literature that can reach back and colonize reality." Today more than ever, when science and technology have penetrated everyday life in ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 2035ENGL 2035

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17577STS 2131  LEC 001

  • 17578STS 2131  DIS 201

  • 17579STS 2131  DIS 202

  • 17580STS 2131  DIS 203

  • 17581STS 2131  DIS 204

STS 2468

Medicine has become the language and practice through which we address a broad range of both individual and societal complaints. Interest in this "medicalization of life" may be one of the reasons that ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2468BSOC 2468

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16824STS 2468  LEC 001

  • 16825STS 2468  DIS 201

  • 16826STS 2468  DIS 202

  • 16827STS 2468  DIS 203

  • 16828STS 2468  DIS 204

  • 16829STS 2468  DIS 205

  • 16830STS 2468  DIS 206

  • 16831STS 2468  DIS 207

  • 16832STS 2468  DIS 208

  • 18416STS 2468  DIS 209

  • 18417STS 2468  DIS 210

STS 2851

Environmental problems, public health issues, scientific research-in each of these areas, communication plays a fundamental role. From the media to individual conversations, from technical journals to ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COMM 2850

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5269STS 2851  LEC 001

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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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 3111DSOC 3111SOC 3130

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17264STS 3111  LEC 001

  • Course open to Sophomore, Junior and Senior students.

  • 17265STS 3111  DIS 201

  • 17266STS 3111  DIS 202

  • 17267STS 3111  DIS 203

STS 3181

This course explores the history, sociology, and ethics of risk. In particular, we will focus on the complex and often ambiguous relationship between science, technology, and risk. A historical perspective ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: BSOC 3181HIST 3181

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16157STS 3181  LEC 001

  • Freshman not permitted to enroll.

STS 3241

The course examines the relationships between human populations and the environment, with an emphasis on the importance of demographic change in shaping the natural environment. We will examine a variety ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: DSOC 3240SOC 3240

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7667STS 3241  LEC 001

STS 3321

This course investigates the genealogy of the multiple technologies of identification that emerged in the last two centuries in different parts of the world.  Traditional forms of identification, such ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3221SOC 3330

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16316STS 3321  LEC 001

STS 3411

This course surveys the history of engineering in Europe and the United States from the Roman Empire to the present. We will focus on selected cases to examine how both the profession and activity ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 3411

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16666STS 3411  LEC 001

STS 3561

Computers are powerful tools for working, playing, thinking, and living. Laptops, PDAs, webcams, cell phones, and iPods are not just devices, they also provide narratives, metaphors, and ways of seeing ... view course details

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  •  7326STS 3561  LEC 001

STS 3601

Studies major ethical and social issues involved in engineering practice. The issues include responsibility for designing products that do not harm public health, safety, and welfare; rights of engineers ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ECE 3600ENGRG 3600

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  8881STS 3601  LEC 001

STS 3991

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

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  • 1-6 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16694STS 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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  •   Combined with: INFO 4240

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16953STS 4240  LEC 001

STS 4311

A cliche among medical professionals says, "If you have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." In other words, treatment decisions often are dictated by available technologies. This course looks at ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ANTHR 4311BSOC 4311

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16154STS 4311  SEM 101

STS 4411

This senior seminar offers an intensive research and reading experience in the philosophy of medicine, considering, in particular, questions about what physicians know, how that knowledge informs current ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: BSOC 4411PHIL 2961

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16667STS 4411  SEM 101

STS 4441

A one-semester survey of women's role in science and engineering from antiquity to the present, with special emphasis on the United States in the 20th century. Readings include biographies and autobiographies ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: FGSS 4440

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17305STS 4441  SEM 101

STS 4621

Climate change has brought the Polar Regions to the forefront of domestic and international politics. This course will use the Arctic and Antarctic as a lens through which to examine how technological ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4367HIST 4376

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17813STS 4621  SEM 101

STS 4992

Students must register for the 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 4992HE 4992

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8140STS 4992  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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  •   Combined with: HIST 6221

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16932STS 6121  SEM 001

STS 6561

Valuation is a pervasive feature of contemporary life. Professors, universities, hotels, markets, movies, user experience, intelligence - almost everything is subject to some form of review, rating, or ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: INFO 6561

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8445STS 6561  SEM 101

STS 6661

In recent years, the scientific community has increasingly referred to "public engagement in science." This seminar explores the scholarly literature addressing that move; the links between "public engagement" ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COMM 6660

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18028STS 6661  DIS 201

STS 6991

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

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6062STS 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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  •  6751STS 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6752STS 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6753STS 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6754STS 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6755STS 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6756STS 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6757STS 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6758STS 6991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6759STS 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6760STS 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6761STS 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

STS 7201

This course will examine the peculiar speculative world of emerging technologies-a social and technical "space," found at the edges of expanding technological systems, where new technologies are being ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16169STS 7201  SEM 101