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Course Title: History of Science and Technology

Course Code: STS-5205, CRN: 19172

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Matthew R. Goodrum, Collegiate Associate Professor

Campus Location:  Blacksburg (Main Campus)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes

Tuition Rates: $761.25 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,534.00 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Methods and concepts in the history of science and technology. 5205: research methods, interpretive approaches, and contemporary issues in the history of science; 5206: research methods, interpretive approaches, and contemporary issues in the history of technology.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Saul Halfon, Graduate Studies Director,  shalfon@vt.edu

Course Title: Main Themes in the Philosophy of Modern Science and Technology 

Course Code: STS-5305, CRN: 19921

Credit Hours: 3

Campus Location:  Blacksburg (Main Campus)

Instructor: James Collier, Associate Professor 

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes

Tuition Rates:  $761.25 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,534.00 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description: What is the purpose of philosophy? What, specifically, is the purpose and place of the philosophy of science in Science and Technology Studies (STS)? Given the general shift in interest in STS to technology, technoscience, and micro- sociological and anthropological methods and research, how might being philosophically-minded cash out in scholarly practice? Our class will take up these metaphilsophical questions in examining how the philosophy of science and technology speaks to issues in STS. Initially using an historical approach, we will map the respective approaches in continental and analytic philosophy, examine the social turn in the philosophy of science through the 20th to the early 21st century, and perform a close comparative reading of five signature articles from the philosophy of science and the philosophy of technology. Our learning goal is develop a refined philosophical perspective for work in STS.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Saul Halfon, Graduate Studies Director,  shalfon@vt.edu

Course Title:  Topics in Science and Technology Studies 

Course Code: STS-5424, CRN: 19173

Credit Hours: 3 to 6

Campus Location: Blacksburg (Main Campus)

Instructor: James Collier, Associate Professor 

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes

Tuition Rates: $761.25 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,534.00 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description: 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.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Saul Halfon, Graduate Studies Director,  shalfon@vt.edu

Course Title: Risk in Contemporary Culture

Course Code: STS-6564, CRN: 20836 

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Sonja Schmid , Associate Professor 

Campus Location: Blacksburg (Main Campus)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes

Tuition Rates: $761.25 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,534.00 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:   Conceptual perspectives on social and cultural studies of risk. Qualitative theories and tools for analyzing a wide range of risks in contemporary culture. Definitions of risk as opposed to concepts such as danger, hazard, and uncertainty. Perception of risk and selective bias in risk perception. Efficiency, objectivity, and morality as factors influencing risk assessment and risk management, and affective definitions of safety and reliability. Role of expertise, trust, and communication in risk regulation. Democratic policy instruments to facilitate stable, legitimate decisions about what risks to take or avoid in contemporary societies. Pre: Graduate Standing.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs??

Questions? 

Saul Halfon, Graduate Studies Director,  shalfon@vt.edu

Course Title: Advanced Topics in Technology Studies

Course Code: STS-6614 , CRN:  20590

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Matthew Wisnioski

Campus Location: Blacksburg (Main Campus)

Semester: Spring (Current Timetable of classes)

Restrictions: Available to ALL Classes

Tuition Rates: $761.25 (per credit) Virginia Residents, $1,534.00 (per credit) Non-Virginia Residents  See Current Rates and Reduced Tuition for K-12 Teachers in VA Here

Description:  Critical Innovation Studies: This seminar explores the history and contemporary culture of innovation. We take a balanced look at the practices, ideologies, and consequences of innovation in global context. Emphasis is on helping students with their own projects in a workshop-style environment. Students from all fields are encouraged to participate.

What do you need to apply for Non-degree Programs?

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with minimum of 3.0 GPA. Include scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then you may need to arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission. 
  • TOEFL or IELTS (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.

When to apply?

Any time before one week of classes begin  (See Acedemic Calendar)

How to apply for Non-degree Programs?

Questions? 

Saul Halfon, Graduate Studies Director, shalfon@vt.edu

We also offer graduate degrees in Science and Technology Studies!

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