Courses - Summer 2021

STS 1101 Science, Technology, and Politics

From global warming to surveillance of citizens to health-care reform, issues in science, technology, and medicine are also political issues. This course uses contemporary scientific controversies to explore the intersections of science and politics. Issues explored may include the role of the military and private sector in funding research, the politics of experts and expertise, computer privacy and national security, and environmental politics.

Distribution: (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ellen Abrams (ema85)
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STS 1180 Evolution

Evolution is the central concept in biology. This course examines evolution as a science and places it in an historical context. Classes focus on descent with modification, the nature of natural selection, the history of the earth, the information content of the fossil record, and processes responsible for diversification (speciation and extinction). The science of evolutionary biology is presented in the context of a broader history of ideas in science. The course also explores the importance of evolutionary thinking in the 21st century, including discussion of antibiotic and pesticide resistance, personalized genomics, eugenics, and climate change.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Gregory Graffin (gwg1)
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STS 1451 Body, Mind, and Health: Historical Perspectives for Future Professionals

A course in the social history of medicine that examines the ways in which medicine and its practitioners have impacted-and been impacted by-American social, political, cultural, and economic development. The course focuses on the changing nature of disease, the medical profession past and present as well as historical and contemporary issues in pubic health. Films on different diseases and medical issues are shown twice weekly in the afternoons and there are daily morning discussion sections with teaching assistants to talk about reading and writing assignments. Students are evaluated on written assignments, participation in lectures and discussion sections, and performance on an in-class final.

Distribution: (CA-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jennifer Lieberman (jll338)
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