Spring 2019

Lower Division Courses

STS 20: Methods in Science Studies

Tim Lenoir, TR 10:30am-11:50am

Methodological issues concerning the historical, philosophical, sociological, ethical, and political analysis of science, technology, and medicine. Detailed case studies to illustrate different methods of analysis. SS, WE.

STS 40B: Media History 2

Stephanie Boluk, TR 12:10pm-1:30pm + R 3:10pm-4:00pm

History of media from 1945 to present, with particular focus on the development of the computer, digital network and internet technologies in the context of other media infrastructures like radio, television and satellite networks. Analysis of inter-related cultural/political topics. AH, OL, SS, VL, WE.

Upper Division Courses

STS 110: Computing, Data, & Law

G. Con Diaz, TR 1:40pm-3:00pm

Introduction to the problems in American law and policy borne out of the creation and use of information technologies. Topics include intellectual property, corporate law, privacy, and emerging problems surrounding big data. SS, ACGH, WE.

STS 114: The Global Information Age

G. Con Diaz, TR 9:00am-10:20am

Introduction to the global spread of information technologies like computers and smartphones. Special focus on their social, cultural, and commercial impact. SS, WC, WE.

STS 115: Data Sense and Exploration

Lindsay Poirier, TR 1:40pm-3:00pm + R 5:10pm-6:00pm

Data science and the communication of data insights through critical storytelling. Attention to the historical and social contexts of data analysis, emphasizing narrative, visualization, and exploration. Introduction to the R computing environment for data analysis. OL.

STS 129: Global Health & Medicine

TBD, MW 2:10pm-4:00pm

Recent works in medical anthropology and the science studies of medicine dealing with social and cultural aspects of global health issues such as AIDS, pandemics, clinical trials, cultural differences in illnesses, diabetes, organ trafficking, medical technologies, illness narratives, and others. SS, WE, WC.

STS 130B: History of Biology

James Griesemer, TR 3:10-4:30pm

Development of modern biology from pre-Darwinian roots to the present. Considers emergence of modern biological specialties and consolidation of biological theory around evolutionary ideas. History of allied fields such as genetics, paleontology, embryology, ecology, systematics and molecular biology. AH, SE, WE.

STS 151: Media Theory

Tim Lenoir, TR 9:00am-9:50am + section + T 6:10pm-9:00pm

Critical and theoretical approaches to the emergence of new technologies since the invention of photography. Examine various approaches to media (formalist, semiotic, structuralist, Frankfurt School, cybernetics, visual and gamer theory). AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. 

STS 161: Time: Mechanism and Measurement

Joseph Dumit, MW 12:10pm-1:30pm

Cultural concepts of time; units and instruments of time measurement; historical differences in the social organization of time; and time measurement in twentieth-century science. SS, WE. No prerequisites.

STS 173: Science Fiction

Colin Milburn TR 12:10pm-1:30pm

The literary modes and methods of science fiction. Representative texts, authors, and themes of the genre - e.g., time travel, alternative universes, and utopias. Relations of science fiction to science, philosophy, and culture. AH, WE. 

STS 180: Topics in STS 

Patrick Carroll, TR 12:10pm-1:30pm

Water and Power in California.