500 Level Courses

STSO-510 Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar

This course is an upper-level undergraduate seminar that explores how science, technology, society, environment and policy are understood in contemporary and historical contexts. The course brings together a variety of views and readings to offer an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex ways in which citizens make and understand the world.  (Enrollment in Dept.of STS/Public Policy)  Class 3, Credit 3 (F, S)

STSO-521 Biodiversity and Society

This course explores the problems, issues, and values stemming from the current massive loss of biodiversity. Various justifications for preserving or conserving biodiversity will be examined.  Although principals of conservation biology are presented, the social/cultural dimensions of the issue will be emphasized.  Class 3, Credit 3

STSO-550 Sustainable Communities

The concept of sustainability has driven many national and international policies.  More recently, we have become aware that unless we physical build and rebuild our communities in ways that contribute to sustainability, making progress toward that goal is unlikely. It is equally important to recognize the social aspects of sustainability.  In addition, it is at the local level that the goals of equity (a key consideration in community sustainability), most often achieved through citizen participation and collaborative processes are most easily realized. This course will broaden students understanding of the concept of sustainability, particularly the concept of social sustainability. This course focuses on sustainability as a way to bring light to the connections between natural and human communities, between nature and culture, and among environmental, economic, and social systems. Working closely with local organizations, students will explore the applicability of theoretical concepts. Class 3, Credit 3 (F)