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STS 1101

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

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STS 1116

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) lived during an extraordinary period in global history. In Darwin's time, imperial politics combined with the rise of industrial capitalism to produce a world order dominated ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

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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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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  • 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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: INFO 1200

  • 3 Credits Graded

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

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: BSOC 2131COML 2035ENGL 2035

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 2455

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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 2468FGSS 2468

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 2821

This course aims to make comprehensible both to science majors and to students of the humanities the historical  structure and development of modern science and to show sciences as cultural phenomena. ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2821HIST 2820

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

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

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

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

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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  •  7975STS 3561  LEC 001

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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

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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    Combined with: AMST 3911GOVT 3091

  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 3991

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

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STS 4031

The course is designed to introduce students to the historical background of a set of debates and problems pertaining to the role technologies of identification have played in shaping our understanding ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 4031

  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 4071

Examines problems that arise at the interface of law and science. These problems include the regulation of novel technology, the role of technical expertise in public decision making, and the control over ... view course details

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    Combined with: BSOC 4071

  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 4101

One animal behaviorist speculates that big brains develop when species are social; that is, when they must read cues from members of their group to understand when to approach, when to flee, when to fight, ... view course details

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    Combined with: ANTHR 4101BSOC 4101

  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 4352

Cosmology can be understood as the search for order in the universe, for an underlying logic that structures and renders intelligible the raw chaos of sensory experience. In this sense, the production ... view course details

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STS 4541

Hurricanes. Guns. Zika. Contaminated food. Climate change. Hazardous chemicals. Accidents. Cyber warfare. We live in a hazardous world of uncertainty, surrounded by claims about risks, some sounding the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

STS 4561

Evaluation is a pervasive feature of contemporary life. Professors, doctors, countries, hotels, pollution, books, intelligence: there is hardly anything that is not subject to some form of review, rating, ... view course details

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    Combined with: INFO 4561SOC 4560

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 4601

The building skin separates and provides a controlled atmosphere for the interior space of a building, set off from the surrounding environment. When architecture is understood as an organism, and the ... view course details

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STS 4610

The pervasiveness of media in and through the planet has rendered the term "media" a muddy one, situated between technics, nature, and human. This seminar develops a set of theoretical frameworks ... view course details

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    Combined with: SHUM 4610VISST 4610

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 4661

Explores the structure, meanings, and implications of "public communication of science and technology" (PCST). Examines the contexts in which PCST occurs, looks at motivations and constraints of those ... view course details

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    Combined with: COMM 4660

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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    Combined with: HIST 4751

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 4821

In retrospect, was film anything more than some highly flammable strips of celluloid? Taking its cue from the "digital turn," this course rephrases a traditional question asked in film theory about the ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 4312GERST 4312PMA 4512

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 4992

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

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    Combined with: BSOC 4992HE 4992

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8541STS 4992  RSC 701

    • TBA
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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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    Combined with: HIST 6065

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 6071

Ethnomethodology (literally people's methodology) is the study of practices through which people collectively organize and sustain social activities. After being introduced as a subfield of sociology in ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 6181

This course uses water to examine the confluence of two fields: environmental history and the social and historical studies of science and technology. Although preliminary scholarship has begun to demonstrate ... view course details

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    Combined with: HIST 6181

  • 4 Credits Graded

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

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

STS 6352

Cosmology can be understood as the search for order in the universe, for an underlying logic that structures and renders intelligible the raw chaos of sensory experience. In this sense, the production ... view course details

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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

  •  6771STS 6991  IND 602

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    • Dear, P

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  •  7448STS 6991  IND 603

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    • Hilgartner, S

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  •  7449STS 6991  IND 604

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    • Kline, R

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  •  7450STS 6991  IND 605

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    • Leuenberger, C

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  •  7451STS 6991  IND 606

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    • Lewenstein, B

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  •  7452STS 6991  IND 607

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    • Lynch, M

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  •  7453STS 6991  IND 608

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    • Pinch, T

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  •  7454STS 6991  IND 609

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    • Prentice, R

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  •  7455STS 6991  IND 610

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    • Pritchard, S

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  •  7456STS 6991  IND 611

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    • Rossiter, M

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  •  7457STS 6991  IND 612

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    • Sengers, P

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  •  7458STS 6991  IND 613

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    • Seth, S