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New Fall 2010 Course: Intellectual Property in Science - with new STS Professor Mario Biagioli

New Fall 2010 course for Pre-Law, Political Science, and other students
interested in science, technology, society and law:

MW 10a-12p, 4 units.
Prereq: at least one writing course

This is a new course taught by a new professor to UC Davis. Professor
Mario Biagioli has has been hired 50% in Science & Technology Studies
and 50% in the Law School. This new course will be limited to 25
students. It will appear in the schedule as STS 198, and should be
selected for 4 units. It will be graded.

1. Introduction
2. Intellectual Property and Its Discontents
3. Genealogies (I): Copyright
4. Genealogies (II): Patents
5. Genealogies (III): Legal Technologies: Models & Drawings
6. Genealogies (IV): Before and After Patents
7. Patentable Subject Matter: Contemporary Debates
8. Patents and Anti-Commons Effects in Science
9. Alternatives:  IP Without IP
10. From Free software to Creative Commons
11. The New Economy of Knowledge
12. Cultural Environmentalism the Politics of the Public Domain
13. Ethnobotanical & Traditional Knowledge

Starting with the latest comprehensive review of the pros and cons of
patenting today – Patent Crisis -- our readings will come from a wide
range of disciplines: history of science and technology, law, legal
history and theory, political science, history of the book, and
science policy.  Our empirical case studies cover a wide range of
materials and disciplines: the patenting of living organisms; the
impact of the patenting of instruments and research materials on
scientific research; current debates about criteria of patentability,
the open source movement; bioprospecting; scientific authorship; and
the emergence of web-based forms of collaboration like Science
Commons, Wikipedia, etc.

This is a cross-disciplinary seminar that does not require a specific
background in the history of science and technology or in science
studies.  Students who have participated in this seminar in recent
years have come from science, law, history of science, medicine,
history, and economics.   What is mandatory, however, is active
participation and close engagement with the readings, no matter what
the students’ disciplinary background may be.

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