Science & Technology Studies (STS)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

STS 1113

During Spring 2017, headlines across multiple media announced: "Thousands Rally in DC for March for Science;"  "March for Science: Crowds Join International Global Earth Day Protests."   But why are people ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17806STS 1113  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Roebuck, C

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

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:How Much Am I Worth?-Quantification of Self

  • 17807STS 1123  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Ha, V

  • 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: Hippies and Hackers

  • 17808STS 1123  SEM 102

    • TR
    • Mathias, J

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

STS 1201

This course investigates the ethical, legal, and policy foundations of contemporary information technology. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and short assignments, we will address contemporary ... view course details

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

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7930STS 1201  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7935STS 1201  DIS 201

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7936STS 1201  DIS 202

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7937STS 1201  DIS 203

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7938STS 1201  DIS 204

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7939STS 1201  DIS 205

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  7940STS 1201  DIS 206

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  8101STS 1201  DIS 207

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  8102STS 1201  DIS 208

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  8535STS 1201  DIS 209

    • R
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  8536STS 1201  DIS 210

    • R
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  9572STS 1201  DIS 211

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  •  9573STS 1201  DIS 212

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  • 16872STS 1201  DIS 213

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

  • 16873STS 1201  DIS 214

    • F
    • Jackson, S

      Levy, K

STS 1942

What is modern science? And how did it get that way? This course examines the emergence of the dominant scientific worldview inherited by the 21st century, to trace how it, and its associated institutional ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 1942HIST 1942

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16818STS 1942  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Dear, P

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

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17136STS 2011  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Staff

  • 17137STS 2011  DIS 201

    • R
    • Staff

  • 17138STS 2011  DIS 202

    • R
    • Staff

  • 17139STS 2011  DIS 203

    • F
    • Staff

  • 17140STS 2011  DIS 204

    • F
    • Staff

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: BSOC 2061PHIL 2960

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17629STS 2061  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Pritchard, S

  • 17631STS 2061  DIS 201

    • W
    • Pritchard, S

  • 17632STS 2061  DIS 202

    • W
    • Pritchard, S

  • 17633STS 2061  DIS 203

    • W
    • Pritchard, S

  • 17634STS 2061  DIS 204

    • W
    • Pritchard, S

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

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17985STS 2071  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Seth, S

  • 17986STS 2071  DIS 201

    • R
    • Seth, S

  • 17987STS 2071  DIS 202

    • R
    • Seth, S

STS 2440

The next generation of thinkers and leaders will need a firm grasp on the practices and values implicated in designing and using data science tools. The Data Science & Society Lab is a project-based ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18158STS 2440  LEC 001

    • R
    • Hilgartner, S

      Ziewitz, M

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 2468BSOC 2468FGSS 2468

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7762STS 2468  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Langwick, S

  •  7763STS 2468  DIS 201

    • R
    • Staff

  •  7764STS 2468  DIS 202

    • R
    • Staff

  •  7765STS 2468  DIS 204

    • R
    • Staff

  •  7766STS 2468  DIS 205

    • R
    • Staff

  •  7767STS 2468  DIS 206

    • F
    • Staff

  •  7768STS 2468  DIS 207

    • F
    • Staff

  •  7769STS 2468  DIS 208

    • F
    • Staff

  •  7822STS 2468  DIS 209

    • F
    • Staff

STS 2721

This course examines the history of mental illness—its conception and treatment—in the United States, from the early 1800s to the present, focusing on four major questions: (1) How have understandings ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: AMST 2722BSOC 2721HIST 2721

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18417STS 2721  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Vider, S

  • 18418STS 2721  DIS 201

    • W
    • Staff

  • 18419STS 2721  DIS 202

    • W
    • Staff

  • 18420STS 2721  DIS 203

    • W
    • Staff

  • 18421STS 2721  DIS 204

    • W
    • Staff

STS 2841

This course explores what has been termed "the modern plague."  It investigates the social history, cultural politics, biological processes, and global impacts of the retrovirus, HIV, and the disease syndrome, ... view course details

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  •  8493STS 2841  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Roebuck, C

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COMM 2850

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5410STS 2851  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Eiseman, D

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3185BSOC 3181HIST 3181

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17841STS 3181  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Slayton, R

STS 3241

Humans have fraught relationships with the animals, plants, land, water—even geological processes—around us. We come together to revere, conserve, protect the things many call nature. We struggle over ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: DSOC 3240SOC 3240

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7228STS 3241  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Zinda, J

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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  •  7081STS 3561  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Staff

  • Course not open to Freshmen.

STS 3601

Studies ethical issues involved in engineering practice. Explores the engineer's role in technical decision-making in organizations. Considers the engineer's relationship to the uses of technology in society, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ECE 3600ENGRG 3600

  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  7555STS 3601  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Doing, P

STS 3636

This is an interdisciplinary course on water and disasters. It confronts the question about which environmental phenomena (restricted to watery ones) we consider disasters (whether fast-onset or slow-onset), ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 3136

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18200STS 3636  LEC 001

    • T
    • Cortesi, L

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

STS 4040

Automated scoring systems play an increasingly important role in ordering our lives. Whether we want to obtain a loan, rent an apartment, be found in search results, qualify for government assistance, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18062STS 4040  SEM 101

  • For more information and application details, please visit https://dueprocess.sts.cornell.edu/

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 4122HIST 4122

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17010STS 4122  SEM 101

    • W
    • Dear, P

STS 4280

Human bodies are inescapably enmeshed in our environments: human health and environmental health are inseparable. But human bodies are not equally impacted by environmental degradation and toxicity. ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 4280

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17547STS 4280  SEM 101

    • T
    • LeBlanc, H

STS 4410

What is a sounding object or musical instrument and how does human culture shape these unique human-made material sources of sound? How can instruments and sound objects be modified or "bent" to produce ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MUSIC 4410MUSIC 6410STS 6410

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16842STS 4410  SEM 101

    • T
    • Papalexandri-Alexandri, M

      Pinch, T

STS 4442

Identifying and managing the "toxic" is critical to medical and environmental sciences as well as techniques of governing (and resisting). This course takes up the subject of toxicity as a field of expertise, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4442ANTHR 7442STS 7442

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17050STS 4442  SEM 101

    • F
    • Langwick, S

STS 4451

This course focuses on what happens when science meet the policy-making world. We will discuss theoretical and empirical studies in Science & Technology Studies that analyze the interactions between ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 4451

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8169STS 4451  SEM 101

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

STS 4460

Sunset, polar night, Times Square, satellites in space—these are just four lightscapes. Light is essential to humanity in multifaceted ways. It both reflects and shapes human interactions with the environment. ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17187STS 4460  SEM 101

    • M
    • Pritchard, S

STS 4470

Long before the advent of digital platforms such as Facebook, Google, Instagram and Twitter, artists began questioning the growing production and commodification of "data bodies." Groups such as Critical ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 4470LSP 4470

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17541STS 4470  SEM 101

    • R
    • Chaar Lopez, I

STS 4644

The modern world relies on a vast array of natural resources to drive its activities, but for most of human history, animals have provided energy to people. Animals were, and often still are, the energy ... view course details

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  • 16937STS 4644  SEM 101

    • T
    • Kirk, A

STS 4646

A martial artist learns movements and quirks unique to his teacher. A dancer conveys unbearable sorrow with a curve of her back. An artist's charcoal flies across the page. Horse and rider make a pirouette ... view course details

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  • 16957STS 4646  SEM 101

    • T
    • Prentice, R

STS 4647

This course explores the epochal transition from organic to mineral energy sources during the nineteenth century. The idea of an "energy transition" seems to pinpoint the underlying material transformation ... view course details

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  • 16978STS 4647  SEM 101

    • R
    • Ron, A

STS 4650

In this advanced course, students will use their knowledge and analytical skills to explore complex value-laden issues in contemporary healthcare and health policy debate.  Case studies and news stories ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 4650

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  9330STS 4650  SEM 101

    • T
    • Overby, K

  • Prerequisite: BSOC/STS 2051 or permission of instructor.

STS 4691

Multidisciplinary course dealing with the social and environmental impact of food production in the United States and developing countries. Agroecosystems of various kinds are analyzed from biological, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BIOEE 4690BSOC 4691

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16533STS 4691  LEC 001

STS 4721

This course focuses on issues of conflict, peace, and reconciliation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories as well as Sub-Saharan Africa. Both regions exemplify how issues ranging from nationalism ... view course details

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  •  9465STS 4721  SEM 101

  • Taught in Washington, DC. This is part of the Cornell in Washington program. Essay required for selective admission to field-trip.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: BSOC 4992

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7370STS 4992  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Ziewitz, M

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SOC 6310

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7895STS 6311  SEM 101

    • R
    • Pinch, T

STS 6410

What is a sounding object or musical instrument and how does human culture shape these unique human-made material sources of sound? How can instruments and sound objects be modified or "bent" to produce ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: MUSIC 4410MUSIC 6410STS 4410

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16846STS 6410  SEM 101

    • T
    • Papalexandri-Alexandri, M

      Pinch, T

STS 6644

The modern world relies on a vast array of natural resources to drive its activities, but for most of human history, animals have provided energy to people. Animals were, and often still are, the energy ... view course details

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  • 16939STS 6644  SEM 101

    • T
    • Kirk, A

STS 6646

A martial artist learns movements and quirks unique to his teacher. A dancer conveys unbearable sorrow with a curve of her back. An artist's charcoal flies across the page. Horse and rider make a pirouette ... view course details

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  • 16960STS 6646  SEM 101

    • T
    • Prentice, R

STS 6647

This course explores the epochal transition from organic to mineral energy sources during the nineteenth century. The idea of an "energy transition" seems to pinpoint the underlying material transformation ... view course details

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  • 16981STS 6647  SEM 101

    • R
    • Ron, A

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COMM 6660

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16964STS 6661  DIS 201

    • W
    • Lewenstein, B

STS 6991

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6060STS 6991  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Dear, P

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6656STS 6991  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Hilgartner, S

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6657STS 6991  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Kline, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6658STS 6991  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Leuenberger, C

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6659STS 6991  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Lewenstein, B

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6660STS 6991  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Lynch, M

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6661STS 6991  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Pinch, T

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6662STS 6991  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Prentice, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6663STS 6991  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Pritchard, S

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6664STS 6991  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rossiter, M

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6665STS 6991  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Sengers, P

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6666STS 6991  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Seth, S

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8699STS 6991  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Slayton, R

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8730STS 6991  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Roebuck, C

STS 7001

The field of Science & Technology Studies (STS) has called attention to the contingent and socially embedded character of knowledge and technology. This seminar explores the consequences of these findings ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17660STS 7001  SEM 101

    • W
    • Hilgartner, S

STS 7442

Identifying and managing the "toxic" is critical to medical and environmental sciences as well as techniques of governing (and resisting). This course takes up the subject of toxicity as a field of expertise, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ANTHR 4442ANTHR 7442STS 4442

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17053STS 7442  SEM 101

    • F
    • Langwick, S

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

  •  8388STS 7937  SEM 101

    • R
    • Slayton, R