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
[ST112W]    Science, Technology, and Society (Writing-intensive) 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. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Four credit hours. S, W1.
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
[ST117]    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. Three credit hours.
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
ST120Nf    Language, Thought, and Writing: Critical Inquiries in Medical Ethics Listed as English 120N. Four credit hours. W1. Sibara
ST213s    Introduction to Computer Music Listed as Music 213. Four credit hours. A. Hallstrom
[ST215]    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.
[ST216]    Philosophy of Nature Listed as Philosophy 216. Four credit hours.
[ST217]    Feminism and Science Listed as Philosophy 217. Four credit hours. S, U.
[ST223]    Asian Science and Society What knowledge traditions have taken shape in Asia? How have they differed from European traditions and why? How have they fared in encounters with the Western world and continued to shape the contemporary world? This course addresses these questions with cases from astronomy, medicine, and other nature studies in China, India, and Japan. It introduces concepts and frameworks of selected non-Western knowledge systems such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, guiding students to explore the ways religions, politics, cultures, and cross-cultural encounters impacted these systems, their evolutions or replacements. Activities include lectures, discussions, research seminars, and field trips. Four credit hours.
ST233fs    Biological Basis of Behavior Listed as Psychology 233. Four credit hours. Glenn, Huffman
ST233Jj    Enlightenment Data and Literature Listed as English 233J. Three credit hours. L. Hanlon
[ST234]    Big History: Critique and Counterproposal Big History tells the story of the universe from the Big Bang to the present. This seminar course involves close reading and discussion of Big History from the perspectives of history of science and world history. Students will research what universal macro-histories might look like that are based on the scientific assumptions of earlier eras and other world cultures. We will also evaluate some of the (mainly pedagogical) strengths of Big History as promoted by its supporters. Four credit hours.
[ST235]    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.
ST237s    History of Biology Examines the emergence and development of life sciences since the 1700s by introducing major ideas, approaches, and debates regarding life, along with the discipline's material, cultural underpinnings and social impacts. Topics include natural history, classification, morphology, cell theory, physiology, evolution, genetics and eugenics, molecular biology, biomedicine, and biotechnology. Series of lectures will survey the development of biology in Western Europe and the United States, supplemented with materials from non-Western contexts. One question we ask throughout the course is how social and cultural contexts have shaped certain views of life. Four credit hours. N. Jiang
ST238s    Making Modern Science Listed as American Studies 238. Four credit hours. H, I. Saltz
ST239f    Seafood Forensics: Uncovering Fraud in Ocean Food Systems Listed as Environmental Studies 239. Four credit hours. Rasher
ST242s    Development and Environmental Issues in Contemporary China Listed as East Asian Studies 242. Four credit hours. S, I. Zhang
[ST244]    Moving Images: Magic Lanterns to Virtual Reality Listed as Art 244. Four credit hours. A.
ST245s    Science, Race, and Gender Listed as History 245. Four credit hours. N, U. Josephson
[ST246]    Luddite Rantings: A Historical Critique of Big Technology Listed as History 246. Four credit hours. H, U.
[ST248]    Nuclear Visions, Environmental Realities Listed as History 248. Four credit hours. H, I.
[ST248A]    History of the Book Listed as English 248. Four credit hours.
[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.
[ST254]    Surveillance Culture Listed as American Studies 254. Four credit hours. U.
[ST257]    Science Fictions Listed as English 247. Four credit hours. L.
[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 Listed as English 283. Four credit hours. L. Walker
ST285f    History of Photography Listed as Art 285. Four credit hours. A. Hickey
ST297j    Philosophy of Technology What is technology? How do technologies matter for societies? What are their promises and risks for human and social values such as liberation, self-determination, social order, well-being, and justice? In what ways are technologies and their uses manifestations of desire or fear; human nature or local cultures; idealistic vision or struggles for power? In this course we critically review answers to these questions from Aristotle, Marx, Heidegger, Latour, and others and apply their concepts and methods to case studies in contemporary technology such as AI, big data, surveillance, geoengineering, social media, human enhancement, resource management, and domestic labor-saving devices. Three credit hours. Honenberger
ST298s    Philosophy of Biology Listed as Philosophy 298. Four credit hours. Honenberger
ST314s    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Venice from Beginning to End Listed as History 314. Four credit hours. H. Taylor
[ST317]    Philosophy of Science Listed as Philosophy 317. Four credit hours.
[ST328]    Radical Ecologies Listed as Philosophy 328. Four credit hours.
ST337s    Climate Fiction Listed as English 337. Four credit hours. L. Walker
[ST341]    Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora Listed as Anthropology 341. Four credit hours. S, I.
[ST361]    Special Topics in Health and Medicine: Substance Use and Abuse Listed as Sociology 361. Three credit hours.
[ST362]    Energy and Utopia Listed as English 362. Four credit hours. L.
[ST363]    The Enlightenment and the Anthropocene Listed as English 363. Four credit hours. L.
ST370f    Literature and Medicine: Voices from the Margins Listed as English 370. Four credit hours. L, U. Sibara
ST376f    History of Mathematics Listed as Mathematics 376. Four credit hours. H. Gouvea
ST397f    The Great Plague, 1347-1351 Listed as History 397B. Four credit hours. H. Taylor
[ST415]    Contagion: A History of Disease and Death in Premodern Europe Listed as History 415. Four credit hours. H.
[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. 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 and a W1 course. Four credit hours. W3. Jiang
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. Jiang
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