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STS 5024, Graduate Level,(3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Intellectual and institutional history of the field. Key theories, methods, and domains of study. Relation among perspectives from contributing disciplines, and emerging interdisciplinary trends. Emphasis on both solid grounding through classic texts, and discussion of emergent research areas.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Fall

Instruction Type(s): Class Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required

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    Science and Technology in Society
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    Janet Abbate and James Collier
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    jcollie@vt.edu
STS/HIST 5205/5206,Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Main Themes in the History of Science and Technology

In these courses, methods and concepts in the history of science and technology are presented. The two-semester sequence is designed as an intensive, interdisciplinary introduction to the history of science and technology. The use of historical data that play a central evidentiary role in the testing of all manner of hypotheses within STS is emphasized. Some of the major schools of history and the core techniques of historical investigation are presented. Questions are raised about the place of history as both a practice and a process in contemporary philosophical and sociological debates about science. The focus on technology emphasizes the major approaches to the major themes that have been studied during the past 30 years. The way that the most influential practitioners have addressed issues in the history of technology will be reviewed and methodological trends discussed.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring, Fall

Instruction Type(s): Class Lecture,(Online Lecture for 5205)

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required

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    Science and Technology in Society/History
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    Matthew Goodrum
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    mgoodrum@vt.edu
STS/PHIL 5305/5306,Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Main Themes in the Philosophy of Modern Science and Technology

In these courses, problems, literature and schools in the philosophy of science and technology are reviewed. Major models of scientific explanation (especially Hempel's and Salmon's) and their major criticisms are emphasized. The "quantitative" theory of confirmation and some of the best-known paradoxes of confirmation are considered. In addition, an introduction to historically oriented philosophy of science is presented. Topics covered include philosophical models of scientific change, historiographical issues, the testing of philosophical models, and their relation to recent sociology of science.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Fall

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): PHIL 3505

Approval Adminstrator: Please contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@vt.edu

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    Science and Technology in Society/Philosophy
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    James Collier
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    jim.collier@vt.edu
STS/GIA/PSCI 5364, Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Public Ecology

Examines policy developments and practices that move beyond the conceptual divisions and policy operations begun during the 1970s, which largely divided the more natural science- based environmental sciences from social science-based environmental based studies. Mixes the insights of life science, physical science, social science, applied humanities, and public policy into a cohesive conceptual and operational approach to environmental protection in the 21st century. Graduate standing.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Fall

Instruction Type: Class Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required

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    Science and Technology in Society/Political Sciences
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    James Collier
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    jim.collier@vt.edu
STS 5424, Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Topics in Science and Technology Studies

Variable topics in science and technology studies such as role of values in science and technology, risk assessment, and past and present relations of religion to science and technology. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. I

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required

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    Science and Technology in Society
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    James Collier
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    jim.collier@vt.edu
STS 5444, Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Issues in Bioethics

Identification and analysis of ethical issues arising in basic and applied biological, medical, environmental, ecological, and energy studies. The recent advances in the foundations of biology, and their practical applications in areas such as genetic engineering, biotechnology, medicine, and environmental, energy, and population policy studies, have raised a host of ethical issues. The field of bioethics, which has grown increasingly important since its start in the 1970s, has focused on gaining greater insight into the origins and development of these issues as well as identifying and evaluating ways of addressing some of the personal and societal dilemmas that have been created. Bioethical analysis combines a knowledge of the relevant scientific and technical elements with the resources of disciplines such as history, philosophy, and sociology. This course will apply the powerful interdisciplinary methodology of bioethics to selected topic areas with an emphasis on those of current concern.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required
STS 5514, Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Research Designs and Practices for STS

This course examines research designs and practices that uncover historical relationships between knowledge contents and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Topics covered may include: archival research, archaeology of instruments and physical spaces, interviewing for knowledge content, logical and conceptual analysis, participant observation, questionnaires, and proposal preparation. The master's theses and doctoral dissertations of STS students typically examine historical relationships among the knowledge contents and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this activity, STS researchers must not only integrate and synthesize research designs and practices from other disciplines but they must also formulate new strategies to take account of novel problems. In contrast with disciplinary designs and practices, research topics in STS explore knowledge and social dimensions simultaneously.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required
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    Science and Technology in Society
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    Daniel Breslau
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    dbreslau@vt.edu
STS 5614 , Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Introduction to Science and Technology Policy

This course examines research designs and practices that uncover historical relationships between knowledge contents and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Topics covered may include: archival research, archaeology of instruments and physical spaces, interviewing for knowledge content, logical and conceptual analysis, participant observation, questionnaires, and proposal preparation. The master's theses and doctoral dissertations of STS students typically examine historical relationships among the knowledge contents and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. Given the interdisciplinary nature of this activity, STS researchers must not only integrate and synthesize research designs and practices from other disciplines but they must also formulate new strategies to take account of novel problems. In contrast with disciplinary designs and practices, research topics in STS explore knowledge and social dimensions simultaneously.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring, fall

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required
STS 5974, Graduate Level, (1-19 Credit Hours)
Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-19 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring, fall

Instruction Type: Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: Please contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@vt.edu
STS 5984, Graduate Level, (1-19 Credit Hours)
Special Study

Credit Hours: 1-19 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring

Instruction Type: Special Study

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: Please contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@vt.edu
STS 5994, Graduate Level, (1-19 Credit Hours)
Research and Thesis

Credit Hours: 1-19 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring, Fall

Instruction Type: Special Study

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: Please contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@vt.edu
STS 6534,Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Cultural Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine

This course examines the articulation of science, technology, and medicine in diverse cultural contexts. It focuses on exchange of metaphors and forms of discourse with other cultural activities. Topics covered may include knowledge forms in popular domains, cultural performances, fashioning of selves, power relations across boundaries, cross-cultural comparisons, and cultural critiques. Cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine is a fast-growing new field of research and teaching in STS. Interdisciplinary work in this field focuses on an examination of science, technology, and medicine within specific cultural contexts. Both research and teaching examine how science, technology, and medicine constrain and shape both the broader cultures in which they function as well as more specific cultural activities. Cultural studies analyze how practitioners use existing cultural institutions, activities and modes of discourse to further their own interests and increase their cultural authority.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): fall

Instruction Type: Class Lecture, Online Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required
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    Science and Technology in Society
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    Rebecca Hester
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    rjhester@vt.edu
STS/PAPA 6664,Graduate Level, (3 Credit Hours)
Advanced Topics in Science and Technology Policy

Variable topics in science and technology policy. Includes advanced study of science, technology, and economy; science, technology, and power; strategies for research and development policy -- public and private sectors; transfer of technology; technological forecasting; government regulation and responses; science policy assumptions and challenges; specialist knowledge and expertise; state and academic knowledge production; issues of race, class, gender, and national identity in policy work. Sample topics: (1) Research and development policy; (2) Expert knowledge in science and technology policy. This course helps students to understand the construction and organization of expert knowledge so they will not view expertise unproblematically, thus better preparing them to participate critically in policy making and analysis.

Credit Hours: 3 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring

Instruction Type: Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required
STS 7994, Graduate Level, (1-19 Credit Hours)
Research and Dissertation

Credit Hours: 1-19 Hours

Offered Term (s): Spring, Fall

Instruction Type: Research and Dissertation

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: Please contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@vt.edu