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The science and technology studies concentration examines some major impacts of science and technology in the contemporary world. Special reference will be given to American concerns. Students gain an overall appreciation of the social nature of science and technology as they have developed in the past, as they exist today, and as they may affect society in the future under various scenarios. Science and technology have become social systems in their own right and have made possible increasing freedom, a fantastic variety of choice, and, paradoxically, the growing interdependence of all segments of world society. A new level of public awareness and concern is crucial to understanding and dealing successfully with these consequences.
Electives—Choose three of the following:
0504-462 Literature and Technology*
0508-440 History of Science
0508-441 Science and Technology Policy
0508-442 History of American Technology
0508-443 Face of the Land
0508-444 Social Consequences of Technology
0508-445 Biomedical Issues: Science and Technology Studies
0508-446 Makers of Modern Science
0508-447 Special Topics: Science and Technology‡
0508-449 History of Women in Science and Engineering
0508-450 History of Chemistry
0508-451 Cyborg Theory: (Re)Thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century
0508-452 Gender, Science, and Technology
0508-500 Science, Technology, and Society Classics
0508-520 Historical Perspectives on Science and Technology Seminar**
0508-530 Seminar in Science, Technology, and the Environment**
0508-540 Science and Technology Policy Seminar
0509-443 Philosophy of Science†
0515-451 Transfer Technology and Globalization§
0521-451 Energy Policy
* Prerequisite: Writing (0502-227) or an equivalent course.
† Prerequisite: At least one prior course in either philosophy or one of the natural sciences.
‡ Topics may vary.
§ Prerequisite: Foundations of Sociology (0515-210) or equivalent.
** Prerequisites: Any two of the history of science or technology courses approved by the department.