STS -Science, Technology & Soc


STS (WGS) 210Women and Gender in Science and TechnologyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, U.S. Diversity
Interdisciplinary introduction to the reciprocal relationships between scientific/technological research and contemporary understanding of gender. Special emphasis on social factors influencing scientists and engineers in their professions.


STS 214Introduction to Science, Technology, and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Introduction to the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), including most important STS scholars, major schools of thought, and important theoretical and empirical issues in STS.


STS (ARS) 257Technology in the ArtsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
The interaction between technology and the arts with an emphasis on developments in Western art of the twentieth century. Historical and emerging issues include: sound and film recordings, the addition of sound to films, the impact of films and television on theater, the impact of radio, computer applications to music, the visual arts, and literature.


STS 301Science and CivilizationUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
An inquiry into the scientific achievement and cultural impact of three different, but interrelated, models (or paradigms) of understanding the world and man's place in it; the Ancient-Medieval model of Aristotle, Ptolemy and Aquinas; the 17th century model of Newtonian physics; and the emerging, but fragmentary, 20th century model based upon the new physics of Einstein, Planck and Heisenberg.


STS 302Contemporary Science, Technology and Human ValuesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Interdisciplinary evaluation of recent and potential influences of current scientific and technological developments on US and non-US societies. Emerging social, ethical, and intellectual issues include: The adequacy of contemporary scientific frameworks; the relations among science, technology, and society; the social consequences of scientific and technological applications, and human prospects and possibilities.


STS 304Ethical Dimensions of ProgressUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Multidisciplinary examination of traditional western notion of progress, focusing on ethical issues raised by concept of progress, and connections between science, technology and society. Places relationships such as engineering and social responsibility within the context of present day redefinitions of the notion of progress.


STS 322Technological CatastrophesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Interdisciplinary examination of the human, organizational and technical factors contributing to the causes and impacts of recent technological accidents such as the Bhopal chemical leak, the space shuttle Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Evaluation of risk assessment, risk perception and risk communication strategies. Consideration of options for living with complex technological systems.


STS 323World Population and Food ProspectsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Global Knowledge, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Examination of the dynamics of population size and food needs, production, distribution and utilization. Consequences of inadequate nutrition and food choices, efforts to increase the compatibility of effective food production systems and alternate crops and cropping systems examined.


STS (PHI) 325Bio-Medical EthicsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Interdisciplinary examination and appraisal of emerging ethical and social issues resulting from recent advances in the biological and medical sciences. Abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, compromised infants, aids, reproductive technologies, and health care. Focus on factual details and value questions, fact-value questions, fact-value interplay, and questions of impact assessment and policy formulation.


STS 326Technology AssessmentUNITS: 3
Impacts of technologies as they are applied in society. Description and forecasting of effects, interactions, and potential irreversibilities.


STS 402Peace and War in the Nuclear AgeUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
An interdisciplinary examination of contemporary wars and international conflict, arms, races, nuclear strategy and defense policy, arms control, theories and strategies of peace.


STS 403Seminar in Science, technology, and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Prerequisite: STS 214, STS or STB Majors
Capstone course for the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) major. Review of the principal theoretical and empirical issues of the field. Research project focused on each student's STS specialty.


STS 405Technology and American CultureUNITS: 3 - Interdisciplinary Perspectives
An interdisciplinary study of the role of technology in American culture which examines the ideological, political, social, economic, and institutional contexts of technological change from the 1760's to the present, and explores the cultural impacts of new technological systems.


STS (REL) 471Darwinism and ChristianityUNITS: 3 - Humanities, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Prerequisite: One course in religious studies, biological sciences, philosophy of science, or history of science
Evolutionary biology and Christianity. Darwin's evolutionary theory; neo-Darwinism; conflicts between evolutionary theory and Christian thought; methodological parallels and differences between science and religion; proposals for divine action in anevolutionary world.


STS 484Cross Cultural Technology TransferUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Technology transfer into cultures with different values and traditions. Special attention to the role of local and international organizations and to gender and environmental concerns. Case studies: crop science, water, energy, forest resources, banking, information technology


STS 490Issues in Science, Technology, and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Examination of a significant issue, method, or historical episode in the area of science, technology, and society.


STS 491Independent Study in Science, Technology, and SocietyUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Independent investigation and discussion of a selected topic in science, technology, and society.


STS 571Darwinism and ChristianityUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Offered Alternate Even Years
Prerequisite: Graduate standing
Evolutionary biology and Christianity. Darwin's evolutionary theory; neo-Darwinism; conflicts between evolutionary theory and Christian thought; methodological parallels and differences between science and religion; proposals for divine action in an evolutionary world.