University of Wisconsin–Madison

Courses

Science & Technology Studies is an interdisciplinary field, so many courses that contain STS content are taught in a wide variety of departments on campus.  The list below are the courses taught under the auspices of the Holtz Center.

STS 201: Where Science Meets Society

Course Description: An overview of science and technology studies. Explores science and technology as central institutions in modern societies. Teaches approaches to analyzing social dimensions of recent advances in areas such as genetics, environment, Internet, surveillance, and nanotechnology.
Pre-Reqs: Prior college-level work in social studies (S, W, Y, or Z) or science (B, N, P, W, or X) or permission of instructor.
3 credits.

STS 250: Fundamentals of Engineering Ethics

Course Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of engineering ethics, including the distinction between professional and personal ethics, moral theories and their role in evaluating ethical issues, schemas for analyzing ethical dilemmas, and an introduction to codes of ethics and licensing laws.
Pre-Reqs: Open to Fr.
1 credit.

STS 251: Topics in Engineering Ethics

Course Description: Topics of special interest to undergraduates in engineering, emphasizing themes of engineering ethics and professional responsibility. Students may take this course more than once for credit, as allowed by their department’s curriculum rules
Pre-Reqs: InterEgr/STS 250. Open to Fr.
1 credit.

STS 403: Special Topics in Science & Technology Studies

Course Description: An interdisciplinary exploration of one or more high profile issues motivating debate and discussion among science and technology studies scholars. Topics will vary.
Pre-Reqs: Sophomore standing.
3 credits.

STS 699: Directed Study

Course Description: Available for undergraduates interested in STS, who have completed STS 201, but is intended primarily as a means for ISSuES certificate students to fulfill their capstone requirement.
Pre-Reqs: STS 201; Jr/Sr St or cons inst.
1-3 credits.

STS 734: Science Studies and Science Education

Course Description: Examination of the key ideas from the field of science and technology studies (history, philosophy, sociology of science, etc.) and how they have been taken up in both the school science curriculum as well as the science education research community.
Pre-Reqs: None.
3 credits.

STS 901: Science, Technology and Medicine in Society

Course Description: Designed to introduce students to key themes, issues and scholarship in the interdisciplinary fields of science and technology studies. Explores how different disciplinary perspectives contribute to and influence the questions, methods and theoretical approaches within particular fields of science studies.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st.
3 credits.

STS 902: Current Topics in Science & Technology Studies

Course Description: Designed to introduce students to key themes, issues and scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS). Participating faculty and speakers will be drawn from the social sciences, humanities, and physical and life sciences.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st.
1 credit.

STS 903: Special Topics in Science & Technology Studies

Course Description: An interdisciplinary exploration of one or more high profile issues motivated debate and discussion among science and technology studies scholars. Topics will vary.
Pre-Reqs: Grad st.
3 credits.

STS 999: Independent Study in Science & Technology Studies

Course Description: A turoial style course arranged between an STS graduate minor student and an STS faculty affiliate. The topic of the course, the specific reding requirements, writing, and student-faculty meetings will be outlined in a student-faculty “contract.”
Pre-Reqs: Only graduate students may take this course and may only do so in consultation with Holtz Center director and the affiliated faculty member with whom the student intends to work.
1-6 credits.