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ST112f    Science, Technology, and Society      Critical perspectives on the social aspects of science and technology in our lives, in the world around us, and throughout history. Issues include gender, communications, war, and the environment. Discussion section B reserved for first-years.     Four credit hours.  S,W1.    FLEMING
ST175f    Science in Ancient Greece      Ancient Greek theories about the natural world began in wonder about its constituent elements. But as the Greeks acquired a philosophically sophisticated understanding of the nature of scientific explanations, their speculation soon gave way to the conceptual rigor of Aristotelian physics, the technical and encyclopedic accomplishments of Hippocratic medicine, and the mathematical exactitude of Ptolemaic astronomy. Fosters the skills needed for historical contextualization and textual interpretation, enabling us to trace the development of what became the foundations of Western scientific thinking. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 175 cluster, "Ancient Greece: Nature and Culture in Classical Athens." Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Anthropology 175 and Philosophy 175. (elect IS175.)     Four credit hours.  H.    PETERSON
ST215s    Weather, Climate, and Society      A scientific introduction to the Earth's atmosphere and historical and social issues related to weather and climate. Topics include the atmosphere's composition, structure, and dynamics; air pollution, ozone depletion, natural disasters, and climate change. Includes lectures, an exam, quizzes, short essays, and a group project to be presented in a final poster session.     Four credit hours.  N.    FLEMING
[ST245]    Science, Race, and Gender      Listed as History 245.     Four credit hours.  H, U.  
ST246s    Luddite Rantings: A Historical Critique of Big Technology      Listed as History 246.     Four credit hours.  H.    JOSEPHSON
ST253f    Energy, Power, and the American Century, 1901-2001      A study of the development and use of energy sources in the United States during the 20th century, from the discovery of oil in Texas to the attack of Sept. 11, 2001, with emphasis on economic, political, military, social, and environmental factors. Students will gain an understanding of how our nation's evolving energy systems have brought us extraordinary strength and abundance but also have led to entangling military commitments and environmental problems while making us dependent on forces beyond our control. Prerequisite:  Sophomore or higher standing.     Four credit hours.    REICH
[ST271]    History of Science in America      A seminar on the social, intellectual, and institutional development of science in America from native contact to the present. Topics include scientists' roles in government, education, and industry; science in war; women in science; and the emergence of America as a leading scientific nation.     Four credit hours.  H.  
ST298s    Medicine and Society      An exploration of basic themes and issues in this interdisciplinary field.     One credit hour.    FLEMING
[ST317]    Philosophy of Science      Listed as Philosophy 317.     Four credit hours.  
[ST341]    Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora      Listed as Anthropology 341.     Four credit hours.  S, I.  
ST358s    Climbing the Oil Peak      Societies worldwide have been exploiting greater and greater quantities of petroleum for more than 100 years, which has helped make us tremendously wealthy and dramatically changed our expectations and values. Examines the history of petroleum development since the early 20th century and issues confronting us as we approach the worldwide peak in oil production. This task comprises science, technology, economics, sociology, agriculture, and government, as well as military, environmental, and human-rights issues. Includes an examination of society-wide ramifications of the coming peak in oil production and considers viable alternatives to oil in decades ahead. Credit cannot be earned for both this course and ST356. Prerequisite:  Junior standing.     Four credit hours.  S.    REICH
[ST364]    Environmental and Health History in Africa      Listed as History 364.     Four credit hours.  H, I.  
ST397f    Research Seminar in STS: Carbon Dioxide      Students will examine the substance now known as carbon dioxide in all of its many roles and incarnations from antiquity to the present. They will learn from original texts, from the natural science faculty, and from class discussions and presentations in a classic seminar format. Students will write weekly response papers, make presentations, and will prepare a poster and two drafts of a research paper.     Four credit hours.  N.    FLEMING
[ST445]    Nuclear Madness      Listed as History 445.     Four credit hours.  H.  
ST446s    Research Seminar: Global Health History      Listed as History 446.     Four credit hours.  H.    WEBB
ST484s    Honors in Science, Technology, and Society      Majors may apply late in their junior year or early in their senior year for admission into the Science, Technology, and Society Honors Program. These courses require research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member and focused on an approved topic leading to the writing of a thesis. Prerequisite:  Senior standing, a 3.50 grade point average in the major, a 3.25 overall grade point average, and permission of the department.     Four credit hours.    FACULTY
ST485f    Technology Matters      Seminar emphasizing classical, enduring issues involving the social study of science and technology. A senior capstone in preparation for a career. Students design, propose, and initiate a year-long project through broad reading, seminar discussions, written think pieces, a book review, thorough literature search, and preparation of a proposal and exploratory essay. Completion, typically in the spring but including a possible January internship, requires intensive research, writing, and presentation at a public seminar. Research funding may be available. Goal is to complete a project the student finds exciting and challenging and that will solidify her/his ability to conduct interdisciplinary research. Prerequisite:  Senior standing.     Four credit hours.    FLEMING
ST486s    Senior Project: The Craft of Research      Written and oral communication of research. Students complete a final integrative project and present a public seminar. Prerequisite:  Science, Technology, and Society 485.     Four credit hours.    FLEMING
ST491f, 492s    Independent Study      Independent study in areas in which the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite:  Permission of the instructor and the program director.     One to four credit hours.    FACULTY
ST498As    20th-Century Environmental History      Listed as History 498A.     Four credit hours.  H.    JOSEPHSON