Courses

Fall 2014

0050 First Year Seminars
 

On the Dawn of Modernity
O. Almeida, M 03:00 pm - 05:30 pm
SCSO 0050B - 16239 (POBS 0910)
Interested students must register for POBS 0910 (CRN 15918)

We will analyze how a new mindset that would later be called modernity slowly emerged from the medieval world and how the trials and errors of the 15th and 16th century navigators helped shape that transformation. The seminar is interdisciplinary insofar as the readings will include developments in astronomy, geography, shipbuilding, mathematics, philosophy, as well as what could be called early anthropology, as stepping stones to the first scientific revolution. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to: 20. Reserved for First Year students. FYS LILE WRIT

0100 Introductory Lectures
 

Culture and Health
D. Smith, M W F 01:00 pm - 01:50 pm
SCSO 0120 - 16240 (ANTH 0300)
Interested students must register for ANTH 0300 (CRN 16173)

An introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology. Lecture reading and discussion will examine the social context of health and illness, looking at the diverse ways in which humans use cultural resources to cope with disease and develop medical systems. The course will provide an introduction to the overall theoretical frameworks that guide anthropological approaches to studying human health related behavior. Medical anthropology offers a unique and revealing perspective on the cultural diversity that characterizes human experiences of sexuality, disease, aging, mental illness, disability, inequality and death. DPLL LILE WRIT

1100 Advanced Lectures
 

History of Medicine
H. Cook, M W F 09:00 am - 09:50 am
SCSO 1385 - 15722 (HIST 1490)
Interested students must register for HIST 1490 (CRN 14848)

People have always attempted to promote health and prolong life, and to ameliorate bodily suffering. Those living in parts of Eurasia also developed textual traditions that, together with material remains, allow historians to explore their medical practices and explanations, including changes in their traditions, sometimes caused by interactions with other peoples of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The course will introduce students to the major medical traditions of the Old World to about 1700, with an emphasis on Europe, and explore some of the reasons for change. A knowledge of languages and the social and natural sciences is welcome but not required. Not open to first year students. P

Environmental History
L. Rieppel, M W F 01:00 pm - 01:50 pm
SCSO 1387 - 15735 (HIST 1790)
Interested students must register for HIST 1790 (CRN 14858)

Environmental history examines the changing relationship between human beings and their physical surroundings. We will actively question the boundary between nature and culture, showing how social and natural history mutually inform one another. We will do so by asking three interrelated questions. First, how has the material context in which history unfolded impacted the development of our culture, society, and economy? Second, how and why did people’s ideas and representations of the natural world change over time? Finally, in what ways and to what ends have human beings actively though not always intentionally altered their physical surroundings? M

Time
N. Emery, T, Th 10:30 am - 11:50 am
SCSO 1523 - 16296 (PHIL 1670)
Interested students must register for PHIL 1670 (CRN 14910)

Does time flow? What is the difference between the future and the past? Is time travel possible? This course will survey the major topics in the philosophy of time from Augustine’s Confessions and the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence to relativity theory. Along the way we will take up philosophical issues regarding the validity of our perceptions, the nature of causation, determinism, and freedom, and the relationship between science and philosophy. Prerequisite: One previous course in philosophy. WRIT

1700 Advanced Seminars
 

Science and Technology Policy in the Global South
G. Augusto,  Th 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
SCSO 1700C - 16689 

Junior-senior seminar exploring the relationships among science, technology, society, and public policymaking in the Global South. Exemplar countries are South Africa, Brazil, India, and China. Biotech, nanotech, public health, environment, and science training policies are among those closely examined. Three writing assignments, plus electronic conversations with counterparts in the Global South.

Health and Inequality in Historical Perspective
L. Braun, Th 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
SCSO 1700F - 15759 (BIOL 1920B)
Interested students must register for BIOL 1920B (CRN 14787)

Seminar takes a historical perspective to explore causes of health inequality in the US. Draws on studies from the 19th century-present. Examine socio–political and economic context of health/disease, focusing on how race, class, and gender shape the experience of health, disease causality, and public health responses. Includes health consequences of immigration, incarceration, race-based medicine, the Chicago heatwave, and Katrina. BIOL 0200 and work in Africana Studies and/or science-technology courses preferred. Not for biology concentration credit. Suitable as related science or theme course for HHB. Enrollment restricted to 20, third-year students. Override required. Application for entry distributed on first day of class.

Neuroethics
J. Poland,  T 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
SCSO 1700P- 16488

 In this course, we will examine ethical, social, and philosophical issues raised by developments in the neurosciences. Topics will include: neurodevelopment and the emergence of persons; the impact of child abuse on brain development; aging, brain disease, and mental decline; life extension research; strategies and technologies for enhancement of human traits; "mind-reading" technologies; agency, autonomy, and excuse from responsibility; error and bias in memory; mind control; neuroscientific and evolutionary models of religious belief and moral judgement. Enrollment limited to 20. Instructor permission required. LILE

Intellectual History of Capitalism
L. Rieppel, Th 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
SCSO 1700U - 15760 (HIST 1979F)
Interested students must register for HIST 1979F (CRN 14882)

 What are the intellectual underpinnings of modern capitalism? In this seminar, we will probe into history of economic thought by reading classic works by modern economists as well as more recent interpretations by intellectual historians. Among other things, we will discuss theories of value, property, markets, labor, inequality, and prices. We will also ask how the relationship between capitalism and other forms of production have been understood at various times. Throughout, we will pay particular attention to the different narratives and explanations that have been offered by working economists, economic historians, intellectual historians, philosophers, and historians of science. M

The Recent History of Life on Earth: The Anthropocene
N. Jacobs,  Th 04:00 pm - 06:20 pm
SCSO 1700X - 16262 (HIST 1970G)
Interested students must register for HIST 1970G (CRN 15843)

This seminar will explore ramifications of the concept of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene has been proposed as a new human-driven geologic age that began with the increased exploitation of fossil fuels in the late eighteenth century. Its proponents emphasize transformations through anthropogenic climate change, but we will also consider the effects of population growth, pollution, habitat destruction, and extinction. To assess the historical validity of the concept, we will discuss the impact of humans on the environment before 1800, the extent of transformation since 1800, and whether human-environmental interactions can be usefully generalized to our species as a whole. M

Cross-Knowledge: Contemporary Indigenous Knowledges and the Sciences
G. Augusto,  T 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
SCSO 1700Y- 16737

For scholars and practitioners in many fields of natural and social sciences, engineering and technology, and the humanities, an understanding of indigenous knowledges (IKS) and their interaction with other forms of knowledge is becoming imperative. Using theoretical frameworks from an interdisciplinary literature and practitioners' thinking, as well as cases, this seminar will be a rigorous critical introduction to IKS in contemporary life, probing a variety of locales and epistemic spaces where IKS and science coexist; learning about and interrogating ways to study indigenous knowledges; and thinking about practice where different knowledges and technologies "cross". Four graded writing/digital assignments; no prerequisites.

1900 Senior Seminar in Science and Society
 

 H. Cook, Th 04:00 pm - 06:30 pm
SCSO 1900 - 16297

This is an advanced senior seminar that explores real-world problems in STS. To solve assigned problems students will want to explore critical scholarships in areas such as laboratory studies, feminist science and technology studies, the rhetoric and discourse of science and technology, expertise and the public understanding of science. Course is intended for Science and Society senior concentrators, but is open to others with appropriate background. Enrollment limited to 20.

Independent Study
 

1971 Independent Study
Independent reading and research work in Science and Society is available to students who have completed introductory and intermediate level work in Science and Society. A decision to enroll must be made via consultation with the concentration advisor and the faculty advisor for the course. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course. Prerequisite: SCSO 1000. Open to junior and senior concentrators in Science and Society; instructor permission required.