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STS/HIST 5205,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

Instruction Type(s): Class Lecture

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required

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    Science and Technology in Society/History
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  • Instructor

    Janet Abbate
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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

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

Instruction Type: Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): None

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

Credit Hours: 1-19 Hours

Instruction Type: Special Study

Prerequisite(s): None

Approval Adminstrator: contact Crystal Harrell, crcrigge@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

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

Campus (s): Blacksburg, NCR

Prerequisite(s): None

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