Science, Technology, and Society Department

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. Wesner
[ST114]    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.
[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.
ST120Af    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
[ST120B]    Critical Inquiries in Medical Ethics Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 120B. Four credit hours.
[ST120C]    War Games: The Cold War in Board Game Media You will gain a critical familiarity with the Cold War by playing and analyzing games such as Twilight Struggle, Wir Sind das Volk, and Fire in the Lake. We will study the events represented to develop an understanding how shifting geographies and new technologies, including the A-bomb, impacted society, with a focus on proxy wars in colonized/decolonizing spaces. In your writing assignments, you will be asked to articulate your developing theories regarding such things as war games' abstraction of violence, the ethics of gamifying war, and games as technology. Films and literature will provide contextual depth and detail. Four credit hours. W1.
[ST154]    Ancient Medicine Listed as Classics 154. Four credit hours. H.
[ST213]    Introduction to Computer Music Listed as Music 213. Four credit hours. A.
[ST214]    Music Performance with Electronics Listed as Music 214. Four credit hours.
[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.
[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.
[ST225]    Biology, Ecology, and the Making of U.S. Imperialism Scientific knowledge about plants, animals, and peoples has always been deeply political and social, often in ways that are not always obvious to the experts and students in those fields. In fact, the natural sciences have a long history of material and cultural violenceďin the ėdiscoveryġ and occupation of Indigenous territories, the justification of racist and transphobic health policies, and the commodification of resources for profit over sustenance. How did the fields of biology and ecology emerge in the context of US colonialism and imperialism? What can a critical approach natural history teach us about leveraging science for social justice in the present? Four credit hours. S, U.
ST229s    Consciousness from the Biomolecular to the Artificial Listed as Biology 229. Three credit hours. N. Klepach
ST233fs    Biological Basis of Behavior Listed as Psychology 233. Four credit hours. Evangelista, Huffman
[ST233J]    Enlightenment Data and Literature Listed as English 233J. Three credit hours. L.
[ST237]    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.
ST238f    Making Modern Science Listed as American Studies 238. Four credit hours. H, U. Saltz
ST239f    Seafood Forensics: Uncovering Fraud in Ocean Food Systems Listed as Environmental Studies 239. Four credit hours. Rasher
[ST241]    Foundations of Disability Studies Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 241. Four credit hours. L, U.
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.
[ST245]    Science, Race, and Gender Listed as History 245. Four credit hours. N, U.
[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.
[ST252]    Medicine and Visual Culture Listed as Art 252. Four credit hours. A.
ST254s    Surveillance Culture Listed as American Studies 254. Four credit hours. U. Saltz
[ST255]    Greek and Roman Science and Technology Listed as Classics 255. Four credit hours. H.
[ST257]    Science Fictions Listed as English 247. Four credit hours. L.
ST283f    Environmental Humanities: Stories of Crisis and Resilience Listed as English 283. Four credit hours. L. Walker
[ST285]    History of Photography Listed as Art 285. Four credit hours. A.
ST298s    Queer and Feminist Engagements with Lab and Field Science Scientists working in laboratories and fieldsites are members of broader social, cultural, and political communities: This seminar builds on STS critiques science and extends them further to explore how feminist, queer, and trans scientists have developed research methods, practices, and protocols that (re)shape life sciences toward social justice ends. How can critical humanities frameworks, and the biological sciences, build new ways of doing science? Students apply theoretical frameworks from their readings to practices like specimen and sample collection, research design and laboratory experimentation, divisions of labor and academic productivity, and community engagement and scholar-activism. Prerequisite: Science, Technology, and Society 112. Four credit hours. U. Wesner
[ST314]    Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Venice from Beginning to End Listed as History 314. Four credit hours. H.
[ST317]    Philosophy of Science Listed as Philosophy 317. Four credit hours.
[ST319]    Art, Medicine, and Race Listed as Art 319. Four credit hours. U.
[ST323]    Anthropological Approaches to Science and Religion Listed as Anthropology 323. Four credit hours.
[ST328]    Radical Ecologies Listed as Philosophy 328. Four credit hours.
[ST337]    Climate Fiction Listed as English 337. Four credit hours. L.
[ST339]    Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 339. Four credit hours. L, U.
[ST341]    Culture, Mobility, Identity: Encounters in the African Diaspora Listed as Anthropology 341. Four credit hours. S, I.
[ST343]    History and Philosophy of Data Examines the long history of the concept of data in the English language (focusing on the period from 1630-1850) with the goal of understanding how this history has shaped how we use and think about data today. As such this course concerns both the history of data and the philosophy of data, the latter concerning our various explanations for why we value or don't value data as a reliable basis for knowledge and belief. Our main goal is to apply Enlightenment history and philosophy of data to our impressions of data today, so we can become better readers and interpreters of 21st century data. Prerequisite: Science, Technology, and Society 112 or 114. Four credit hours.
ST352f    Theorizing Medicine: Critical Race Studies to Trans of Color Critique Listed as Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 352. Four credit hours. L, U. Sibara
[ST357]    Literature and Environment Listed as English 357. Four credit hours. L.
[ST363]    The Enlightenment and the Anthropocene Listed as English 363. Four credit hours. L.
[ST364]    Toxicity, Health, and the Pharmaceutical Self Listed as Anthropology 364. Four credit hours.
[ST370]    Literature and Medicine: Voices from the Margins Listed as English 370. Four credit hours. L, U.
[ST376]    History of Mathematics Listed as Mathematics 376. Four credit hours. H.
[ST415]    Contagion: A History of Disease and Death in Premodern Europe Listed as History 415. Four credit hours. H.
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. Wesner
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. Wesner
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