Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

History C250

Fall 2016
Section: 
001
Instructor: 
Location: 
470 Stephens Hall
Day & Time: 
Tu 4-6P
CCN: 
16514
Units: 
4

This course is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). It will reconstruct the emergence of its major themes and issues, and offer an overview of leading theories and research methodologies. Students will explore the relationship between science, technology, culture, and politics through exemplary case-studies from different periods and contexts. Attention will focus on the tension between expertise and democracy, and on the ways in which new scientific and political futures are produced. The course will equip graduate students with theoretical and practical tools for analyzing complex problems at the science, technology, and society interface.