SI 2 149 Creationism vs. Evolution in the United States
SI 2 159 Evolution for Everyone (with Professor Peter Wimberger, Biology)
STS 202 Introduction to the History of Science, 1800 to the present (Humanistic Approaches) Beginning with the social and intellectual upheaval of the French Revolution and working through the first half of the twentieth century, this course surveys natural scientists' landmark discoveries and interpretations and examines the intellectual, social, natural, and personal influences that helped shape their work.
STS 300 STEM, Society and Justice (with Professor Amy Fisher and STS students) This course promotes conversation about science, technology, engineering, mathematics, medicine (STEM2), society, and justice. Students attend a mix of public lectures and small discussion groups on a range of relevant topics. Subjects, for example, may include, but are not limited to: climate change; government and business databases and personal privacy; the ethical, legal, and intellectual issues surrounding the patenting of organisms; STEM funding, both public and private; animal rights; the selection of illnesses to prioritize in medical research; and issues involving the inequality of access to STEM education.
STS 302 Cancer and Society (with Professor Leslie Saucedo, Biology) (Connections) In this course students develop an understanding of the history of cancer medicine, the biology of cancer, and analyze public perceptions of both. Students build a solid foundation in the science, history, and social context of cancer to allow thoughtful exploration and critique of cancer history and to identify future areas of concern and hope.
STS 324 Science and Race: A History (KNOW) This course examines the history of ideas about race in biology since the eighteenth century. Students study how and why knowledge about race has been constructed and used in particular contexts, and, in doing so, examine the complex relationship between science and society.
STS 330 Evolution and Society since Darwin (Connections) This course examines the historical relationship between the theory of evolution and society in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on Britain, Germany, and the United States since 1870. Students examine a range of efforts to apply evolution theory to human society (including social Darwinism, eugenics, scientific racism, and the biology of war and peace), and place these efforts in historical context. In doing so, students study the complex relationship between science and society, and the place of science in the intellectual, social, and cultural history of the twentieth century.
STS 333 Evolution and Ethics (with Professor Ariela Tubert, Philosophy) (Connections) The study of evolution and ethics ' at the intersections between biology, the human sciences and philosophy ' has received a lot of attention in recent years. News stories abound that give, in sound byte form, the (often controversial) ethical implications of conclusions regarding evolutionary theory. Drawing upon historical and philosophical approaches, this course provides students with an interdisciplinary framework from which to understand and study such debates. The course examines the historical context of previous discussions regarding the implications of the theory of evolution for ethical theories, and examines modern debates regarding the normative implications that may or may not result from different interpretations of the conclusions of evolutionary biology.
STS 338 Apes & Angels, 1789 to 1882 (Humanistic Approaches) Benjamin Disraeli described the question placed before society by Charles Darwin's work as follows: "Is man an ape or an angel?" This course examines the development of evolutionary thinking during the nineteenth century and the resulting debates over the "Descent of Man." It explores the relationship between Darwin's theory of evolution and the social, political and religious history of Britain and the British Empire in the nineteenth century. The course serves as an introduction to analyzing the interactions between science and society, with particular attention to how Darwin's theory intersected with debates over God, Science, Empire, Ethics, Race, Gender, Economics, and Politics.
STS 344 Ecological Knowledge in Historical Perspective (Humanistic Approaches) This course examines the history of both scientific ecology and recent movements to interrogate, question, and revise the West's understanding of nature, including Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). In doing so the course places both defenses and critiques of Western science in historical context, with particular emphasis on potential implications for environmental policy. Students examine how the rise of conservation and environmentalism, responses to imperialism and colonialism, and debates over the role of activism and advocacy in science have influenced ecologists' work, identity, and organizations. In doing so students study the interaction between science and society, while considering the important insights a historical understanding of science can bring to understanding modern concerns and controversies.
STS 366 The History of Medicine This course surveys the history of medicine from ancient times to the present, guided by the following questions. How have people in different times and contexts made sense of health, disease, and healing? How have changing conceptions of nature and the scientific study of the human body influenced medicine? What have been the social, political, and institutional contexts in which medicine has been done and developed? How has the role of the doctor and patient relationship changed, and how have conceptions of a 'good doctor' and 'good medicine' changed? How have the problems of access to and distribution of medical care been approached? Examining each of these questions in historical context will, in turn, provide a foundation for contemplating modern issues in medical research and practice, as well as medicine's place in modern society.
STS 370 Science and Religion: Historical Perspectives (Connections) Over the centuries the traditions of both science and religion have attempted to improve our understanding of ourselves, society, and the natural world. This course examines the relationship between science and religion. It asks students to critically analyze the various models that have been proposed to characterize that relationship - from one of conflict to cooperation - using a series of historical case studies. Through developing a historical understanding of how people have viewed these important traditions, students obtain a nuanced background from which to develop their own assessment of the relationship between these extraordinarily influential ways of knowing.
STS 400 Teaching STEM, Society and Justice (with Professor Amy Fisher) In this course students learn about "big issues" confronting the relationship between STEM fields, society, and justice today, while learning about curriculum and lesson plan design. They then design a complete teaching module on an issue of their choice concerning fairness and justice connected with STEM disciplines (to be implemented by the STS Program, in consultation with the students, in the Fall). In doing so students learn about, reflect upon, and implement strategies for communicating themes, problems, and issues concerning the place of STEM in society and the influence of society on STEM knowledge, practices and fields.