Science, Technology and Society

Courses

SCTS 501 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society 3.0 Credits

This seminar introduces students to the study of science, technology, and society. Students will investigate different approaches to the study of STS, including methods of problem selection and research questions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 502 Research Methods 3.0 Credits

This graduate seminar will provide an in-depth exploration of many of the research methods used by science and technology studies [STS] scholars. Participants will learn how to define a meaningful research question and to identify which methods will best answer that question. They will also learn how to design interview guides and conduct interviews, surveys, focus groups, fieldwork, content analysis, experiments and archival research. Strategies for analyzing data will also be addressed. A thorough understanding of research design and methodologies is crucial to the STS toolkit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 503 Advanced Research Methods 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on a single social scientific research method. The course takes students through the inception of research ideas, research design, implementation and data-analysis in order to understand the limitations and possibilities of the research process according to methodology. The method focused on will vary according to instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 504 Science, Technology & Society Theories 3.0 Credits

This course is designed to provide participants with a rigorous introduction to important social theories used in the study of science, technology and society. In this course, we will read work by classical and contemporary theorists, exploring a variety of explanations and critiques of contemporary social life. Wrestling with these ideas will allow students to experience the diversity and richness of social theory and to explore how theory allows us to see topics in new, unique ways.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 570 Environmental Policy 3.0 Credits

This interdisciplinary seminar investigates how interests and ideas interact in environmental policymaking. Students will explore how conceptual and political innovations play out across several environmental issues, including wildlife management, energy development, and the regulation of environmental risks.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 571 Science and Technology Policy 3.0 Credits

This graduate seminar examines the relationship between science and technology policy and democracy. Students will tackle basic questions about the degree to which science and technology policies have advanced or compromised core goals of a democratic society, including economic prosperity, public health, environmental justice, and political equality more generally.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 584 Historiography of Science 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to the advanced study of the history of science and will explore major themes, debates, and theoretical approaches in the discipline.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 600 Contemporary Feminist Theory 3.0 Credits

This course surveys contemporary feminist theory with an emphasis on "new materialist" approaches to sex and sexual difference. An umbrella term, new materialism refers to a variety of recent attempts to re-imagine nature, sex, body, and matter. During the "linguistic turn" of the 20th century, many postmodern feminists retreated from these materials and their associated sciences; enamored of texts but allergic to bodies, postmodern feminists tended to embrace radical constructivism and reject scientific methods and knowledges. Today, new materialists return to biology, nature, sex, body, and matter in order to move beyond the logics of essentialism and somatophobia. This course will survey the results of this return with a special emphasis on understandings of sex and sexual difference.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 610 Material Culture 3.0 Credits

This course explores the relationship between human beings and material objects. Drawing from literature in anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, and science and technology studies, we will explore the cultural and social life of things: how they move across borders, accumulate and disperse, and lend our lives weight and meaning.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 612 Medical and Healthcare Ethics 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to a range of topics including the role of explanatory narratives and patient experience in healthcare, the ethics of the design and conduct of clinical trials, the evolution of diagnostic categories, and the problem of healthcare access both in the US and in a global context.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 614 Technology, Progress, and Determinism 3.0 Credits

In this course, students will examine multi-disciplinary approaches to the meaning of technology. Students will focus on two major themes in the history of technology: progress and technological determinism. Students will examine the historical context of contemporary technologies as well as criticism of technology and industrialization.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 615 The Biopolitics of Health 3.0 Credits

This course explores theories of biopolitics and its application to ethical debates in health and medicine. Biopolitics is a powerful lens for examining how modern societies shape and define life itself.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 620 Medicine, Technology and Science 3.0 Credits

This graduate seminar focuses on the social dimensions of medicine, health and illness. Students will explore how definitions and experiences of health and illness are shaped by technology use, cultural contexts, institutional practices, health care policies, and inequalities. Students will examine social trends in medical technology and science as well as how illness categories are created, negotiated, and resisted. Participants in this course will gain the ability to assess the changing role of science and technology in medicine as well as think critically about the social dimensions of the experience of health and illness.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 639 Politics of Life 3.0 Credits

In this course students will explore the sociological implications of advancements that have been made in genetic engineering, biotechnologies and other areas of biomedical research. Starting with earlier examples of "power over life" from the 18th and 19th centuries, we will explore themes, dilemmas and complications embedded in the scientific control over life. Topics to be explored include biopower and biocapital, eugenics, race and class, stewardship and bioengineering, new reproductive technologies and reproductive choice, among much, much more. Consideration to feminist, queer and critical race theories will frame much of our discussion in class. This is a reading and discussion-intense course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 640 STS Perspectives on Risk and Disaster 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to critical debates and methods of analysis in science, technology, and society (STS) through the consideration of the modern history of global risk and disaster.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 641 Risk and Disaster Policy 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to critical debates and methods of analysis in science, technology, and society(STS) through the consideration of public policy formation around global risk and disaster concerns.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 643 Contemporary Stem Workforces:Organizations of Labor in Lab, Shop and Clinic 3.0 Credits

In response to a growing national concern with STEM workforce development, this class critically analyzes scientific and technical labor and management practices in factories, laboratories, and clinics, and the social implications of STEM training and education. US and global cases are explored through the study of primary documents, artifacts, and the spaces of STEM work.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 645 War and Technoscience 3.0 Credits

Students will examine technology in the context of warfare and military institutions. Students will study major questions in the history of military technology, including the Revolution in Military Affairs, arms races and technological determinism. Students will also examine the technological relationships between military institutions and the broader societies in which they are embedded.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 650 Global Subjects of Biocapital 3.0 Credits

Students explore issues related to capitalism based on biotechologies, the life sciences, medicine, agriculture and other related industries globally. Students consider specific cases of human trafficking, the global trade in human organs, global agribusiness and biotech, global clinical trials and medical tourism. The experiences of workers, farmers, research participants, and donors will be a central focal point. This is an intensive reading, writing and discussion course.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 651 Transnational Science & Technology 3.0 Credits

This course will explore the importance of considering the “transnational” in understanding the historical role of science and technology in the making of the modern world.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 660 Theoretical and Sociological Aspects of Measurement 3.0 Credits

This course familiarizes students with theoretical and sociological issues related to measurement by focusing on topics at the crossroads of the history and philosophy of science and technology such as the notion of theory, the nature and epistemology of experiments, and related themes of instrumentation, measurement and coordination.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 665 Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Science 3.0 Credits

This course studies advanced topics in the philosophy of science such as confirmation theory and theory choice, rationality and objectivity, scientific realism, laws of nature, scientific models and representation, explanation, reduction, computer simulations and climate change.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 697 Internship in Science, Technology and Society 0.5-3.0 Credits

Internships provide opportunities for students to clarify career interests; synthesize prior academic knowledge with direct experience; and sharpen critical thinking, analytical, and observational skills. Learning from and networking with professionals in the field is enhanced. This course requires formulation and investigation of a research problem and a written paper.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 703 Connected Mobility Lab 3.0 Credits

This course will address the large-scale transitions toward “sustainable” and “smart” technologies in transportation systems with an emphasis on how new information and communication technologies are transforming or disrupting the transport sector. Unlike other courses, it will do so through an innovative problem-based, hands-on, interdisciplinary “lab” experience in which students collaborate with others to work on “real-world” problems and solutions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 705 Identity and Intersectionality 3.0 Credits

The practices of modern science, technology and medicine are deeply raced and gendered. This class moves beyond studies of singular social categories to explore intersections among individuals’ identities (race, class, gender, sexuality, [dis]ability, age, etc.) through critical reading of primary and secondary sources undertaken in a social-science “laboratory” setting.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 710 Special Topics in Science, Technology and Society Lab 3.0 Credits

In this course, students, faculty and community members team up in a hands-on, immersive social science laboratory setting to address contemporary social issues. Course covers on a rotating basis a variety of topics related to science, technology and society.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS 798 Master's Research 0.5-9.0 Credits

Independent research supervised by an STS faculty member toward completion of a Master's Project or Thesis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

SCTS I599 Independent Study in SCTS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS I699 Independent Study in SCTS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS I799 Independent Study in SCTS 0.5-3.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

SCTS I899 Independent Study in SCTS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS I999 Independent Study in SCTS 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS T580 Special Topics in SCTS 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS T680 Special Topics in Science Technology and Society 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS T780 Special Topics in Science Technology and Society 3.0 Credits

Course covers on a rotating basis a variety of topics related to science, technology and society, including(though not limited to) environmental issues, the social dimensions of health and medicine, and the ethical, cultural and political dimensions of new technologies and scientific practices. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.Course content will vary so syllabus will be designed based on topic related to science, technology and society.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS T880 Special Topics in Science Technology and Society 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

SCTS T980 Special Topics in Science Technology and Society 9.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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