Winter 2020

Winter 2020 courses

Lower Division Courses

STS 20: METHODS IN SCIENCE STUDIES

Timothy Choy, TR 12:10-1:30pm

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 32: DRUGS, SCIENCE & CULTURE

Joseph Dumit, MW 6:10-7:30pm + section

Drugs, politics, science, society in a cultural perspective: emphasis on roles of science, government and the media in shifting attitudes toward alcohol, marijuana, Prozac and other pharmaceuticals; drug laws, war on drugs and global trade in sugar, opium, cocaine. SS, VL, WE.

STS 51: ANCIENT MEDICINE

Colin Webster, TR 12:10-1:30pm + section

Medicine in ancient Greece and Rome; physiological conceptions of the body within scientific and social frameworks; exploration of sanitation technology and health in antiquity; medical treatment of the female body; medicine and the economy. AH, WC, WE.

Upper Division Courses

STS 122: HEALTH AND MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY

Emily Merchant, TR 1:40-3:00pm

Critical/historical examination of medical technologies: imaging, pharmaceuticals, genetics, implants/devices. Exploration of mutually constitutive relationship between health, medical technologies, social difference (race/gender/class/sexuality). DD, SS.

STS 162: SURVEILLANCE STUDIES

Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli, MW 2:10-3:30pm + M 5:10-8:00pm (film viewing)

Study of the ubiquitous presence of CCTV, face recognition software, global tracking systems, biosensors, and data mining practices that have made surveillance part of our daily life. Exploration of the boundary between security and control, information and spying. AH, OL, SS, VL, ACGH, WE.

STS 165: BUILT ENVIRONMENTS

Timothy Choy, TR 3:10-4:30pm

Built environments, which are designed to support forms of life. Their role as carriers of cultural memory and in turning knowledge of nature into social assets. Historical constellations of knowledge, social order, and power. SS.

STS 176: SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE

Patrick Carroll, TR 3:10-5:00pm

Social, cultural, and historical dimensions of knowledge, especially scientific knowledge. Problems, methods, and theory in sociology of scientific knowledge. Laboratory and historical case studies. Scientific and technical knowledge in institutional and organizational contexts. SS.