STS or Science and Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary field. In this course, students will examine the social and historical context of science and technology, including the global, ethical, political, organizational, economic and legal dimensions. Students will investigate how science and technology are communicated, governed and taught, as well as how science and technology affect communication, governance, and education. The class will investigate what do science and technology make of the world and also what does the world make of science and technology.
Lectures, readings, and discussions will aim to make sense of the multiple perspectives that surround controversies, as well as how different methods from anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, stem cell research and genetics bring to light different issues.
In addition to a fuller understanding of society, students will develop their own critical thinking and empirical research. The class will have the opportunity to do original research on a case study of their own choosing, leading to an essay and a final presentation to the class.