STS 3181

STS 3181

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

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 shows how science and technology have generated risks while they have also played key roles in managing and solving those very risks. By examining several case studies, including 19th-century mining, the 1911 Triangle fire, nuclear science, the space shuttle disasters, asbestos litigation, Hurricane Katrina, and the contemporary financial crisis, we will consider how risk and ideas about risk have changed over time. By exploring different historical and cultural responses to risk, we will examine the sociopolitical dimensions of the definitions, perceptions, and management of risk both in the past and the present.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: AMST 3185BSOC 3181HIST 3181

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8453 STS 3181   LEC 001

    • WF Online Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Slayton, R

  • Instruction Mode: Online