Course Information

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Note: Many of the courses listed below are cross-listed. A cross-listed course is offered jointly by teaching units in two or more Faculties. For further details about the cross-listing of a particular course, click the Course Information link for that course.

 

 

Session Course Code Cross-Listing Course Title Course Information Instructor
W19 SC/STS 2010 3.00 M AP/HIST 2010 3.00 History of Modern Science Course Information Daniela Monaldi
W19 SC/STS 2210 3.00 M Technology in the Modern World Course Information Dov Lungu
W19 SC/STS 3170 3.00 M AP/PHIL 3170 3.00 Philosophy of Science Course Information TBA
W19 SC/STS 3500 3.00 M AP/SOSC 3500 3.00 The Global Information Society Course Information Vera Pavri
W19 SC/STS 3775 3.00 M Physics in the 20th Century Course Information Daniela Monaldi
W19 SC/STS 3780 3.00 M Biomedical Science in Social & Historical Context Course Information Conor Douglas
W19 SC/STS 3790 3.00 M Science and Technology Issues in Global Development Course Information Conor Douglas
F18 SC/STS 2110 3.00 A AP/PHIL 2110 3.00 Truth, Theory and Superstition Course Information Jagdish Hattiangadi
F18 SC/STS 2411 3.00 A AP/HUMA 2411 3.00 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies Course Information James Elwick
F18 SC/STS 3600 3.00 A Technological Failure Course Information Conor Douglas
F18 SC/STS 3726 3.00 A AP/SOSC 3726 3.00 Technology, Experts and Society Course Information TBA
F18 SC/STS 3730 3.00 A Science, Technology and Modern Warfare Course Information Dov Lungu
F18 SC/STS 4110 3.00 A AP/PHIL 4110 3.00 Seminar in Philosophy of Science Course Information Jagdish Hattiangadi
F18 SC/STS 4785 3.00 A Science, Health and Food Course Information TBA
Y 18-19 SC/STS 4501 6.00 AP/SOSC/

HUMA 4501 3.00

Seminar in Science and Technology Studies Course Information Jill Lazenby
Y 18-19 /F 18/  W 19 SC/STS 4700 3.00/6.00 Independent Research in Science and Technology Studies Course Information See Course Description
Y 18-19 SC/STS 4710 6.00 A Honours Thesis in Science and Technology Studies Course Information See Course Description

 


SC/STS 2010 3.00 History of Modern Science

This course explores some of the central issues and theories in the history of physical and life sciences since the Renaissance. The focus is on the institutional trends and changing conceptual frameworks as they related to larger societal change.

Prerequisites

Completion of 24 credits

Exclusions

  • AK/HIST 2120 6.00
  • AK/ STS 2010 6.00
  • SC/ STS 2010 6.00
  • AP/ HIST 2810 6.00

Cross Listings

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SC/STS 2110 3.00 Truth, Theory and Superstition

There are diverse views on how to improve one's understanding of research, even in the case of established natural or social sciences. This course investigates theories of scientific methodology that illustrate the conflict between truth and superstition.

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

  • AP/PHIL 2110 3.00 (prior to Fall 2012)
  • PRIOR TO FALL 2009: exclusions: AK/AS/PHIL 2110 3.00

Cross Listings

AP/PHIL 2110 3.0

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SC/STS 2210 3.00 Technology in the Modern World

This course examines the critical interconnections among technology, politics, culture, the arts, the sciences and social life. Specific topics will vary from year to year, covering social and historical contexts that may include Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia between 1500 and the present.

Prerequisites

Not Available

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 3700A 6.00
  • AK/STS 3700 6.00
  • SC/STS 3700 6.0
  • AP/HUMA 3700 6.00

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 2411 3.00 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. Using case studies, it considers how knowledge about science and technology develops. It analyses the social responsibility of the scientist and the public engagement with technoscientific expertise.

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

  • SC/STS 2411 6.00
  • AP/HUMA 2411 6.00

Cross Listings

AP/HUMA 2411 3.0 (formerly AS/HUMA 2411)

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SC/STS 3170 3.00 Philosophy of Science

An examination and critique of the history, fundamental assumptions and methodologies of science. Topics to be discussed may include the nature of scientific theories, the problem of induction, theories of probability, and the demarcation and growth of scientific knowledge.

Prerequisites

  • AP/PHIL 2110 3.00 or at least six credits in philosophy.

Exclusions

None

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 3500 3.00 The Global Information Society

This course explores the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in today’s global society. We will examine three critical questions about our current information age, which include:

a) Are ICTs the key to solving our world’s current social problems?

b) Are humans becoming too dependent on computer automation to perform labor and leisure tasks?

c) Should we expect any kind of individual privacy with the increased use of ICTs in today’s world?

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 3500 3.0

Cross Listings

AP/SOSC 3500 3.0 (formerly AS/SOSC 3500)

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SC/STS 3600 3.00 Technological Failure

This course challenges our common understandings of why technologies fail. Using approaches drawn from history, sociology and philosophy of technology, it critically examines the complex relationships between human action, the social contexts of knowledge and the proper functioning of machines.

Prerequisites

Completion of 24 credits

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 3600 6.00
  • SC/STS 3600 6.00

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 3726 3.00 Technology, Experts, and Society

A critical examination of the introduction and adoption of new technologies and the rise of expert knowledge. Specific historical examples of modern technologies will be considered in order to explore the relationship between society and technology.

Prerequisites

Completion of 24 credits

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 2700 3.0
  • SC/STS 2700 3.0
  • AS/SOSC 2700 3.0

Cross Listings

AP/SOSC 3726 3.0

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SC/STS 3730 3.00 Science, Technology, and Modern Warfare

Explores the interplay between warfare, scientific development, and technological change in a broad societal context through a series of representative case-studies from the past and the present. Enhances students' understanding of some of the main forces that shape our world.

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

  • SC/STS 3730 6.00

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 3775 3.00 Physics in the 20th Century

This course examines both the philosophical questions raised by historical developments in modern physics and historical-scientific questions raised by philosophical inquiry. Note: No background in physics required. Readings include scientific, historical and philosophical texts.

Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

None

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 3780 3.00 Biomedical Science in Social & Historical Context

An examination of the changing nature of biomedical research, concepts, and practices since 1800. Topics for sociohistorical analysis include: public health, physiology, microbiology, risk factors, diagnostic technologies, drug development and policy, immunology, and genetic medicine.

Prerequisites

Completion of 24 credits

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 3780 6.00
  • AP/SOSC 3780 6.00
  • SC/STS 3780 6.00

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 3790 3.00 Science and Technology Issues in Global Development

This course examines a multiplicity of historical and cultural factors influencing and shaping scientific norms and technological practices in global development Moreover, this course seeks to address questions on how global development goals are affecting the utilization of planetary resources and the advancement of technological systems of production. One of the predominant objectives of this course is to elucidate the entanglements between science, technology and global development, and unpack further what global development means in the context of international cooperation and international security.

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Prerequisites

None

Exclusions

None

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 4110 3.00 Seminar in Philosophy of Science

An intensive examination of contemporary philosophical problems concerning the growth of science and technology selected from interpretations of theory, of models, of presumed facts, of presumed progress, of experimental technique, and of the place of values in science and technology.

Prerequisites

Completion of 9 credits including one of AP/PHIL 2110 3.00, AP/PHIL 3170 3.00, AP/PHIL 3270 3.00, or AP/PHIL 3280 3.00 or permission of the course director.

Exclusions

  • AP/PHIL 4110 3.00

Cross Listings

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SC/STS 4501 6.00 Seminar in Science & Technology Studies

The seminar builds upon students' existing skills in Science and Technology Studies. It will familiarize students with central themes in this interdisciplinary field that have emerged from efforts in history, philosophy and social studies of science and technology. Topics may include an examination of the nature and function of experiment, ethics, expertise, evidence, gender, instruments, language, policy, popularization, technological systems, risk, and visualization in science and technology.

Prerequisites

Completion of STS 2411 3.0 or STS 2411 6.0

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 4720 6.0 (Prior to FW 06-07)
  • AS/HUMA 4501 6.00

Cross Listings

  • AP/HUMA 4501 6.0 (formerly AS/HUMA 4501)
  • AP/SOSC 4501 6.0 (formerly AS/SOSC 4501)

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SC/STS 4700 3.00/6.00 Independent Research in Science and Technology Studies

This course offers the opportunity for students to design and pursue a course of individualized study in consultation with the Department Chair and proposed course director. Note: Students must be accepted by a faculty supervisor before registering for SC/STS 4700 3.00/6.00 and must have permission from the Department Chair.

Prerequisites

78 credits and permission of the STS Dept. Chair

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 4700 3.0
  • AK/STS 4700 6.0
  • SC/STS 4700 6.0
  • AK/STS 4710 6.0
  • SC/STS 4710 6.0

Cross Listings

None

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SC/STS 4710 6.00 Honours Thesis in Science and Technology Studies

A course for advanced students in STS who wish to pursue an in-depth and original program of research in a topic chosen in consultation with a thesis committee, the supervisor of which must be an STS faculty member. The course provides students with the opportunity to create an individualized program of research outside of the traditional lecture- or seminar-based class. Students will learn how to carefully frame a research question in STS, how to exploit a variety of resources and methods to answer the question, how to compose a thesis on the topic, and how to effectively address feedback from the committee on the student’s research. Note: Open only to students enrolled in an Honours BA or BSc in Science and Technology Studies

Prerequisites

78 credits and permission of the STS Dept. Chair.

Exclusions

  • AK/STS 4700 3.00
  • SC/STS 4700 3.00
  • AK/STS 4700 6.00
  • SC/STS 4700 6.00
  • AK/STS 4710 6.00

Cross Listings

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SC/STS 4785 3.00 Science, Health and Food

An examination of how knowledge is generated and validated in health and food sectors through analysis of studies, statistics, publications, evidence based medicine, government regulation and policy in Canada, the USA and the EU. Case studies will detail controversial issues.

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Prerequisites

Completion of 60 credits

Exclusions

None

Cross Listings

None

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