Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

History C250.001

Fall 2017
470 Stephens
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Tu 4-6
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This seminar is designed to provide a rigorous foundation in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). We’ll discuss the emergence of major themes and issues in the field, and assess strengths and weaknesses of leading theories and research methodologies. We’ll 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 seminar will equip graduate students with theoretical and practical tools for analyzing complex problems at the science, technology, and
society interface. This reading seminar is a required core course for the Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (DE in STS).