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
Approval Adminstrator: No Approval Required