Science, Technology, and Society Program
Courses of Study
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. Four credit hours. S. Jiang
ST114s Introduction to Medicine and Society A journey from Hippocratic medicine to 23andMe, examining different views of health, disease, and intervention and how diverse forms of medicine have emerged and evolved. Highlights the role of science and technology in establishing and maintaining certain views, institutions, and practices. Lectures, discussions, and readings will empower students to identify and analyze the multifarious factors involved in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and biomedical ethics and the roles of scientific understanding, technological innovation, professionalization, and commercialization. Special topics include medicine and world views, chemical drugs and industrial revolution, human experimentation, and research ethics. Four credit hours. H. Jiang
ST117j Information Use and Misuse: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence How has and is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence changing the ways that governments and businesses utilize our personal, geographic, and behavioral data; and what impact are these technologies having on our society. Case studies (technology, law, government, ethics and business) help students understand how the technologies are used and critically explore what ways are they shaping our society. Discussion based. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills and an understanding of the policies, terminologies, and concepts needed to successfully examine case studies. Previously listed as GO118 (Jan Plan 2016). Three credit hours. Kugelmeyer
[ST120] Cognitive Science of Religion Religion is deeply puzzling from the perspective of evolutionary biology. The practice of religion takes time and energy, and yet it does not have any clear adaptive benefits: evolutionarily, gathering food is more rewarding than kneeling in prayer. So, how did religion become a universal if it is so costly? We explore both the psychology of religion and recent attempts to understand its evolutionary history. Four credit hours. S, W1.
ST120As Information Before and After Google: Impacts and Technologies Explores the nature of information and how technology has changed our experience and understanding of it over the past 75 years. Emphasizes the relationship between information and technology and explores the impact of information technologies on societies, organizations, and people. Participants explore how people understand and evaluate information and in what contexts information is valued and why. Students will develop and improve their understanding, critical thought processes, and analytic skills around a range of information technologies. Class format is discussion based, and the focus is on developing scholarly writing skills. Four credit hours. W1. Kugelmeyer
ST132s The Presence of the Past How does the past shape our contemporary moment? How does the present inform what we know and feel about the past? To address these questions, this course will explore how our relation to the past is shaped by politics, art, science, and culture. Students will attend public lectures by visiting scholars and Colby faculty. These lectures will examine the political stakes of negotiating between the past and present from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Students will engage in focused discussion and short reflection papers. Nongraded. The Presence of the Past humanities theme course. One credit hour. Cook, Jiang, Walker, van der Meer
ST213s Introduction to Computer Music Listed as Music 213. Four credit hours. A. Hallstrom
ST215f 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
[ST216] Philosophy of Nature Listed as Philosophy 216. Four credit hours.
[ST217] Feminism and Science Listed as Philosophy 217. Four credit hours. S, U.
ST233s Biological Basis of Behavior Listed as Psychology 233. Four credit hours. Glenn
ST235s Digital Projects in History A project-based seminar introducing best digital practices in historical research. Sessions will include readings, discussions, visiting experts, site visits, and consultations with advanced practitioners. Students will undertake digital projects of their own design, either in groups or individually and will communicate their results in a public forum. Four credit hours. H. Fleming
ST244s Moving Images: Magic Lanterns to Virtual Reality Listed as Art 244. Four credit hours. A. Sperling
ST245f Science, Race, and Gender Listed as History 245. Four credit hours. N, U. Josephson
ST246s Luddite Rantings: A Historical Critique of Big Technology Listed as History 246. Four credit hours. H, U. Josephson
[ST247] Universal Health Care: Could It Work Here? Listed as Sociology 247. Four credit hours. S.
ST248f Nuclear Visions, Environmental Realities Listed as History 248. Four credit hours. H, I. Josephson
[ST249] Life Sciences and Society Listed as Sociology 249. Four credit hours. S.
[ST252] Medicine and Visual Culture Listed as Art 252. Four credit hours. A.
ST257s Science Fictions Listed as English 247. Four credit hours. L. Ardam
[ST259] Plants of the Tropics Listed as Biology 259. Three credit hours.
[ST263] Weird Fictions (in English) Listed as German 263. Four credit hours. L.
ST283f Environmental Humanities: Stories of Crisis and Resilience Four credit hours. L. Walker
ST285f History of Photography Listed as Art 285. Four credit hours. A. Saltz
ST297f Global Food, Health, and Society A seminar introducing important international historical episodes and contemporary issues regarding ways in which food became crucial to human health in society. Students will learn how food practices, originally bounded within certain places and cultures, became transformed in modern societies with the rise of modern agricultural, transportation technologies, and nutrition science, and the public and global health consequences of these transformations. Sessions will include lectures, seminar discussions, field visits, and other hands-on activities. Four credit hours. S, I. Jiang
ST297Bf Nature in Italian Literature and Film (in English) Listed as Italian 297. Four credit hours. L. Ferrando
[ST297J] World History of Biology Examines the emergence and development of life sciences since 1700 by introducing major ideas, approaches, and debates about life as well as their material and cultural underpinnings and social impacts. Discussion focuses on the various understandings, modifications, and representations of them in different nations and cultures in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will develop skills in discussion, analysis, research, writing, and presentation. Three credit hours. H.
ST298s Seafood Forensics: Uncovering Fraud in Ocean Food Systems Listed as Environmental Studies 398. Four credit hours. Rasher
ST317s Philosophy of Science Listed as Philosophy 317. Four credit hours. Cohen
ST341s Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora Listed as Anthropology 341. Four credit hours. S, I. Bhimull
[ST361] Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse Listed as Sociology 361. Three credit hours.
[ST454] Picturing Nature: American Art and Science Listed as Art 454. Four credit hours.
ST484s Honors in Science, Technology, and Society Majors may apply for admission in December of their senior year by preparing and defending an honors proposal. The honors program requires focused research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member, leading to the writing of a thesis approved by the advisor and a second reader. Prerequisite: Senior standing, a 3.50 grade point average in the major, a 3.25 overall grade point average, successful completion of Science, Technology, and Society 485, and permission of the program faculty. Four credit hours.
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 and a W1 course. Four credit hours. W3. Fleming
ST486s Senior Project: The Craft of Research Written and oral communication of research. Students complete a final integrative project and present three public seminars. 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