Science & Technology Studies

(College of Letters and Science)

Colin Milburn, Ph.D., Program Director

Program Office. 101 Young Hall; stsadvising@ucdavis.edu; http://sts.ucdavis.edu

Faculty. http://sts.ucdavis.edu/directory-of-people/sts-faculty

The Major Program

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) major brings the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences to bear on the analysis and synthesis of science, technology, and medicine. It considers science, technology, and medicine, in tandem with their social, political, and economic contexts. The major combines history, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, environmental studies, literature and media studies, as well as law and business studies to address the impacts and implications of science, technology, and medicine. The major allows students to pursue a broader understanding of science than is available within a traditional science major, and it provides important skills for interpreting science, technology, and medicine in relation to society and culture.

The Program. Graduation with a degree in Science and Technology Studies requires completion of courses in the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences - courses in STS. Upper- division work includes twelve units from each of two different STS concentration (“modules”) and twelve units (plus prerequisites) providing depth, concentration, and field work in the sciences. The STS modules are: (1) Cultural Studies of Science and Technology; (2) Ethics, Values, and Science Policy; (3) History and Philosophy of Science; and (4) Medicine, Society, and Culture. Courses in the modules require careful selection to make the best use of the STS major. Prerequisites for courses in the sciences can be extensive and may require substantial advance planning. Students are encouraged to take advantage of faculty and staff advising to develop their plans of their study.

Career Alternatives. The STS major enables students to analyze science and allied practices from historical, philosophical, sociological, political, anthropological, and cultural perspectives. STS prepares students for careers that address the broader ramifications of science, technology and medicine. STS majors often pursue careers in health care and medicine, law, journalism, public policy, economics, government, media and technology industries, science education, non-profit health organizations, libraries and museums, public health administration,  management consultant, and teaching. STS majors are also well prepared for advanced research careers in the sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Major Advisor. See staff advisors in 101 Young Hall; stsadvising@ucdavis.edu; 530-752-5104; http://sts.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/advising-1

Faculty Advisor. The current Director of STS is also available for advising by appointment.

Preparatory Subject Matter
Units: 16
STS 001
Introduction to Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (Active)
4
STS 020
Methods in Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (Active)
4
Choose eight units:
8
AMS 001A
Science and American Culture (Active)
4
AMS 001E
Nature and Culture in America (Active)
4
AMS 005
Technology in American Lives (Active)
4
HUM 003
Medicine and Humanities (Active)
4
PHI 030
Introduction to Philosophy of Science (Active)
4
PHI 031
Appraising Scientific Reasoning (Active)
4
PHI 032
Understanding Scientific Change (Active)
4
SAS 001
Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues (Active)
4
SAS 002
Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply (Active)
3
SAS 003
Science, Technology and Society (Active)
4
SAS 005
Pathways to Discovery: Science and Society (Active)
3
STS 032
Drugs, Science and Culture (Active)
4
Lower-division science courses from the Approved Science Electives list below.
 
Depth Subject Matter
Units: 44
STS 175
Laboratory Studies Lab (Active)
4
STS 180
Topics in Science and Technology Studies (Active)
4
or
STS 190
Seminar in Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (Active)
4
Choose twelve units each from two of the following four modules:
24
(1) Cultural Studies of Science and Technology:
12
AMS 101G
Special Topics: New Directions in American Culture Studies (Active)
4
AMS 158
Technology and the Modern American Body (Active)
4
CRD 118
Technology and Society (Active)
4
CRD 162
People, Work and Technology (Active)
5
HIS 139A
Medieval and Renaissance Medicine (Active)
4
HIS 139B
Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe (Active)
4
STS 108
Intellectual Property in Science (Active)
4
STS 109
Visualization in Science: A Critical Introduction (Active)
4
STS 120
Religion, Magic and Science (Active)
4
STS 130A
From Natural History to the History of Nature (Active)
4
STS 131
Darwin (Active)
4
STS 150
Gender and Science (Active)
4
STS 160
Ghosts of the Machine: How Technology Rewires our Senses (Active)
4
STS 162
Surveillance Technologies and Social Media (Active)
4
STS 165
Built Environments (Active)
4
STS 173
Science Fiction (Active)
4
STS 176
Sociology of Knowledge, Science, and Scientific Knowledge (Active)
4
SOC 150
Criminology (Active)
4
SOC 175
Mass Communication (Active)
4
(2) Ethics, Values, and Science Policy:
12
ARE 120
Agricultural Policy (Active)
4
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
AMS 125
Corporate Cultures (Active)
4
CMN 170
Digital Technology and Social Change (Active)
4
ECS 188
Ethics in an Age of Technology (Active)
4
ESP 165
Climate Policy (Active)
3
HIS 185B
History of Technology in America (Active)
4
PHI 116
Ethical Theories (Active)
4
PHI 120
Environmental Ethics (Active)
4
PHY 160
Environmental Physics and Society (Active)
3
PLP 140
Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Policy (Active)
4
POL 171
The Politics of Energy (Active)
4
POL 175
Science, Technology, and Policy (Active)
4
STS 108
Intellectual Property in Science (Active)
4
STS 120
Religion, Magic and Science (Active)
4
STS 162
Surveillance Technologies and Social Media (Active)
4
STS 164
Writing Science (Active)
4
(3) History and Philosophy of Science:
 
HIS 135A
History of Science to the 18th Century (Active)
4
HIS 135B
History of Science, 18th to 20th Centuries (Active)
4
HIS 136
Scientific Revolution (Active)
4
HIS 185A
History of Science in America (Active)
4
HIS 185B
History of Technology in America (Active)
4
PHI 104
The Evolution of Mind (Active)
4
PHI 108
Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (Active)
4
PHI 109
Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Active)
4
STS 120
Religion, Magic and Science (Active)
4
STS 130A
From Natural History to the History of Nature (Active)
4
STS 130B
History of Modern Biology (Active)
4
STS 131
Darwin (Active)
4
STS 160
Ghosts of the Machine: How Technology Rewires our Senses (Active)
4
STS 161
Time: Mechanism and Measurement (Active)
4
STS 163
History of Communication Technologies (Active)
4
STS 164
Writing Science (Active)
4
(4) Medicine, Society, and Culture:
 
AMS 101G
Special Topics: New Directions in American Culture Studies (Active)
4
CMN 165
Media and Health (Active)
4
SPH 101
Introduction to Public Health (Active)
3
SPH 160
General Health Education and Prevention (Active)
5
HIS 139A
Medieval and Renaissance Medicine (Active)
4
HIS 139B
Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe (Active)
4
STS 109
Visualization in Science: A Critical Introduction (Active)
4
STS 120
Religion, Magic and Science (Active)
4
STS 121
Special Topics in Medical Anthropology (Active)
4
SOC 154
Health and Illness (Active)
4
Note: Although a course may be listed in more than one module, that course may satisfy only one requirement.
 
Science Electives
12-32
Choose twelve units, at least eight of which must be from upper division courses, from the Approved Science Electives list at http://sts.ucdavis.edu/undergraduate/sts-major-requirements. Unit totals will vary with required prerequisites. Note: Students are strongly advised to choose science elective courses in consultation with faculty or staff advisor. Some courses in some areas may require prerequisites too extensive to be used for the STS major.
 
Total: 60-80
Courses in STS:
STS 001Introduction to Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). History, philosophy, sociology, politics, and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine. Emphasis on a broad range of perspectives. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
STS 002Introduction to the History of Science and Technology (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to topics and methods of the history of science and technology. Emphasis on understanding the role of science and technology in the modern world through a long-term historical perspective. (Same course as HIS 002.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SL, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
STS 011Science on Trial: Law, Science, and Technology in the United States (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Relationships among law, technology, and science. Scientific evidence and testimony, biology education, patenting, and sterilization. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
STS 020Methods in Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): STS 001 recommended. 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. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
STS 032Drugs, Science and Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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. (Same course as ANT 032.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
STS 040AMedia History 1, Gutenberg to Oppenheimer (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. History of Media to 1945, with particular focus on mechanically reproduced mass media technologies including the printing press, the newspaper, photography, cinema, radio and early computing technology. Analysis of inter-related cultural and political topics. (Same course as CTS 040A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
STS 040BMedia History 2 1945-Present (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—2 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): STS 040A. 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. (Same course as CTS 040B.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
STS 050Ancient Science (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Study of science in ancient Greece and Rome; consideration of its social context; concentration on the basic concepts of physics the world of medicine and biology the history of mathematics and the practices of astronomy astrology and meteorology. (Same course as CLA 050.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
STS 051Ancient Medicine (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). 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. (Same course as CLA 051.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Winter Quarter.
STS 092Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the program in Science & Technology Studies under the supervision of a member of the faculty. May be repeated up to 12 Unit(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
STS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
STS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
STS 101Introduction to Data Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Introduction to basic data science concepts, defining problems, clarifying questions, identifying stakeholders, caring for and cleaning data, interviewing techniques, structuring presentations, use of Excel for data problems. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
STS 108Intellectual Property in Science (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STS 001; Or other Social Science or Humanities writing course. Historical and conceptual framework for contemporary debates about intellectual property and science. Topics include US patent system and copyright law, interaction between patents and industrial policy, credit in academic and industrial science, role of IP in global knowledge politics. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, WE. Effective: 2011 Spring Quarter.
STS 109Visualization in Science: A Critical Introduction (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STS 001 or STS 020 or ANT 002 recommended. Anthropological approaches to scientific visualization techniques, informatics, simulations. Examination of different visualization techniques toward understanding the work involved in producing them, critical assessment of their power and limits, especially when visualizations are used socially to make claims. (Same course as ANT 109.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
STS 110Computing, Data, & Law in the United States (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
STS 112Visualizing Society with Data (4) Active
Lecture/Lab—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Analysis and visualization of historical and contemporary data about populations and societies using R. Critical exploration of visual communication of information about people over time and critical assessment of role of data collection and analysis in societies . (Letter.) GE credit: DD, QL, SS. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
STS 113Business and Technology in the United States: From Electricity to E-Commerce (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Historical introduction to the joint development of business and technology in the United States from the late nineteenth century to the present day. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, SS, WE. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
STS 114The Global Information Age (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to the global spread of information technologies like computers and smartphones. Special focus on their social, cultural, and commercial impact. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Spring Quarter.
STS 115Data Sense and Exploration: Critical Storytelling with Analysis (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). 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. (Letter.) GE credit: OL. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
STS 120Religion, Magic and Science (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Religion, magic, and science from the middle ages to the present. Contrast between modern scientific methodology and religious and magical thinking. (Same course as RST 120.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, VL, WC. Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
STS 121Special Topics in Medical Anthropology (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): ANT 002 recommended. Introduction to critical medical anthropology. Topics include anthropological analysis of bio-medicine, psychiatry, systems of knowledge and healing, the body, emotions, and clinical encounters in a cross-cultural perspective. (Same course as ANT 121.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
STS 122Health and Medical Technologies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. 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). (Letter.) GE credit: DD, SS. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
STS 129Health and Medicine in a Global Context (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): ANT 002 recommended. 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. (Same course as ANT 129.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
STS 130AFrom Natural History to the History of Nature (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HIS 135A recommended. Evolution and demise of natural history as a discipline from Aristotle to Linnaeus. Considers ancient views of nature and its Renaissance rediscovery; the emergence of biology, botany, geology, and zoology; the history of taxonomy and classification. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 130BHistory of Modern Biology (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): STS 130A recommended. Development of modern biology from pre-Darwinian roots to the present. Considers emergence of modern biological specialities and consolidation of biological theory around evolutionary ideas. History of allied fields such as genetics, paleontology, embryology, ecology, systematics and molecular biology. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 131Darwin (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Students will explore the life and times of Charles Darwin and will trace the development of evolutionary thinking before and after the Origin of Species to appreciate its place in Victorian society and in the corpus of Darwins thought. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 150Gender and Science (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. An interdisciplinary approach to the relations between gender and science. Topics include the biological and cultural construction of sexual difference, the role of women as practitioners of science, and feminist approaches to science. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, DD, SS, WE. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 151Media Theory (5) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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). (Same course as CTS 150.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
STS 152Sounding Data: Critical Approaches to Sonification (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion. Critical and creative approaches to auditory data and display in art, science, and technology. Practical introduction to sonification techniques through sound studies and sensory ethnography. Heuristic listening and collaborative sound design. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
STS 160Ghosts of the Machine: How Technology Rewires our Senses (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Historical, aesthetic and critical approaches to how information technologies produced ghost effects or a sense of terror in response to new media like the photograph, gramophone, film, typewriter, computer, Turing Machine. Focus on technological media transforms sense perception. (Same course as TCS 160.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
STS 161Time: Mechanism and Measurement (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): STS 001. 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. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
STS 162Surveillance Technologies and Social Media (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Film Viewing—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): STS 020 or TCS 001. 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. (Same course as CTS 162.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, OL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
STS 163History of Communication Technologies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of communication technologies from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century. Questions of technology, knowledge, power and culture. Particular attention to questions about information and truth. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
STS 164Writing Science (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): STS 001 or ENL 003; Or equivalent. Texts and writing practices in the production of scientific knowledge. Surveys the literary structure of scientific arguments; history of scientific genres; rhetoric and semiotics in scientific culture; graphical systems in the experimental laboratory; narratives of science, including science fiction. (Same course as ENL 164.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SL, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
STS 165Built Environments (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. 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. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
STS 172Video Games and Culture (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): STS 001 or TCS 001 or ENL 003; Or equivalent of any. Critical approaches to the study of video games, focusing on formal, historical, and cultural modes of analysis. History of software and hardware in North American and global contexts. Relations of games to society, politics, economics, literature, media, and the arts. (Same course as CTS 172 and ENL 172.) (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, VL. Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
STS 173Science Fiction (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Prerequisite(s): STS 001 or ENL 003; Or equivalent. 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. (Same course as ENL 173.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WE. Effective: 2008 Winter Quarter.
STS 175Laboratory Studies Lab (4) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or consent of instructor. Hands-on training in Science and Technology Studies fieldwork, interviewing, archival research and data analysis. Review of laboratory studies literature, informed consent procedures, ethics, and care of the data. Individual and group projects possible. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
STS 176Sociology of Knowledge, Science, and Scientific Knowledge (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): SOC 001, SOC 002, or SOC 003 recommended. 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. (Same course as SOC 176.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
STS 180Topics in History and Philosophy of Science (4) Review all entries Historical
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Course in History and Philosophy of Science or other course-work relevant to topic. In depth treatment of selected topis in the history and philosophy of science. Possible topics include history of modern physics, history of molecular biology, science and society, science and power, scientific explanation, technology and culture, theory testing. May be repeated for credit consent of instructor. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2004 Fall Quarter.
STS 180Topics in Science and Technology Studies (4) Review all entries Active
Term Paper; Seminar—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Course in Science and Technology Studies or other course-work relevant to topic. In-depth treatment of selected topics in anthropology, history, philosophy, and sociology of science and related fields. Possible topics include science and society, science and power, scientific explanation, technology and culture, theory testing. May be repeated for credit when content varies. (Letter.) GE credit: SS. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
STS 190Seminar in Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Open to junior and senior Science and Technology Studies majors only. Intensive reading, discussion, research and writing by small groups in selected topics of science, technology, and medicine studies scholarship. Emphasis on individual research projects. (Letter.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
STS 192Internship (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Work experience off and on campus in all subject areas offered in the program in Science & Technology Studies under the supervision of a member of the faculty. May be repeated up to 3 Time(s) for up to 12 units of credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
STS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 200Theories and Methods in Science & Technology Studies (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Theories and methods of Science & Technology Studies as a field of critical and empirical scholarship, and examination of various contexts in which STS has emerged worldwide. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s) with consent of instructor. (Letter.) Effective: 2014 Fall Quarter.
STS 205Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology Studies (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Recent topics, debates, and innovative methods in Science and Technology Studies. Issues may include the governance of technoscience, science and media, data studies, indigenous knowledge, science and globalization, citizen science, new and emerging technologies. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
STS 210Digital Technologies: History and Theory (4) Active
Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to the history and theory of digital technologies. Human-machine interaction, cybernetics, software studies, and global networking. (Letter.) Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
STS 250History and Philosophy of Science (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Interdisciplinary seminar in the history and philosophy of science. Focuses on issues such as historiography, methodology, and the conceptual foundations of science. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 299Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
STS 396Teaching Assitant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.