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Science Studies

SST 120 (TH) An Introduction to the History of Science (1)

[Crosslisted with HIST 120]

This course offers a general survey of scientific thought from the philosophies of ancient Greece to modern physics and molecular biology.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

SST 389 (TH) Physics and Society (1)

[Crosslisted with HIST 389]

This course treats the history of physics from 1700 to the present. We shall investigate how sociocultural factors influence physics and, conversely, how physics has influenced culture and society.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

SST 392 (TH) Biology and Society (1)

[Crosslisted with HIST 392]

This course explores the relationship between the biological sciences and society from Enlightenment France until the present. Topics include: the role of gender in 18th century classifications of plants, Darwin's theory of evolution and its political and religious implications, eugenics and the Human Genome Project.

Mode of Inquiry: Thinking Historically

Prerequisite: One semester of Biology or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Jackson

SST 499 (W) Senior Seminar in Science Studies

This course is intended for science-studies major with senior standing and is comprised of direct reading, research and writing of a senior thesis. The topic of study will be selected by the student after consultation with the director of the science-studies program and the student's advisor. This course is meant as the culmination of a science-studied major; hense, the student is to choose a topic from her/his areas of concentration within the major. The work should represent expertise in methodologies relevant to science studies as applied to a specific scientific, historical, philosophical or sociological area.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Jackson