University of Wisconsin–Madison

Course Suggestions for the General Focus

Note: This list of courses is not definitive or comprehensive. It is a starting point to give students and certificate advisers examples of courses that would work well in the ISSuES certificate program. The inclusion of a course on this list does not guarantee ISSuES certificate students a spot in the course or that they have the necessary pre-requisites to enroll. ISSuES students must meet the enrollment requirements of the course as listed in the catalog or timetable. We encourage ISSuES students to work with their certificate advisers to find appropriate courses beyond those listed below.

AAE 344 The Environment and the Global Economy. (Crosslisted with Envir St) II; 3 cr (S-E). The environmental implications of the global economy concern global climate change, trade in endangered species, preservation of biodiversity, transboundary pollution, and the chemical contamination of traded goods. This course concerns the “economic way of thinking” about global environmental issues. P: Open to Fr.

AAE 431 Natural Resource Economics. (Crosslisted with Forest, Econ) I; 3 cr (S-I). Economic concepts and tools relating to management and use of natural resources, including pricing principles, cost-benefit analysis, equity, externalities, economic rent, renewable and nonrenewable resources, and resource policy issues. P: Econ 301 and Math 211, or equiv.

AfroAmer 275 Science, Medicine, and Race: A History. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Hist Sci) Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (e-Z-E). Surveys the medical and scientific constructions of categories of race, placing the development of racial theories in a broad social and political context. The course will pay particular attention to the importance of racial science in slavery and colonialism. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 112 Environmental Studies: The Social Perspective. II; 3 cr (S-E). Importance of social factors in the generation and resolution of complex environmental problems with an interdisciplinary perspective. Comparison of specific communities in the more and less developed areas of the world. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 113 Environmental Studies: The Humanistic Perspective. I; 3 cr (H-E). Environmental problems as approached by philosophy, literature, fine arts, history of science, and anthropology. Reflections on the past and present situation of our species and its relationship to the rest of nature offer suggestions toward possible alternative values for future. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 126 Principles of Environmental Science. I, II; 4 cr (B-E). Basic principles that govern the operation of the man-made environment system, its structure, and changes in time. Basic concepts, cycles, feedback loops and interlocks. P: Open to Fr.

Envir 127 Physical Systems of the Environment. (Crosslisted with Geog) I, II; 5 cr (P-E). Climatic regimes, landforms, soils, waters and life forms at the earth’s surface in terms of energy-transforming processes, locational patterns, and changes through time. P: Open to Fr & not open to those with Geog 120, 123, 124, or 125 cr or ILS 132 cr.

Envir 339 Environmental Conservation. (Crosslisted with Geog) I, II, SS; 3-4 cr (S-I). Ecological and cultural background of conservation, problems of resource and environmental quality management, and pressing issues of population, food, energy, and pollution. P: So st.

Envir 375 Field Ecology Workshop. I, SS; 3 cr (B-I). Lecture labs wholly in field for intensive study of behavior of plants and animals and their relationship to environments and human impacts. Individual and group observations, measurements, interpretation, reports, typing personal experience with specifics to basic principles. P: Some basic biology & ecology recommended; cons inst.

Envir 460 American Environmental History. (Crosslisted with History, Geog) I or II or SS; 4 cr (Z-I). Survey of interactions among people and natural environments from before European colonization to present. Equal attention to problems of ecological change, human ideas, and uses of nature and history of conservation and environmental public policy. P: So st.

Envir 461 Environmental Systems Concepts. (Crosslisted with Botany, Forest) II; 3 cr (I-I). A general systems approach to environmental problems: a philosophical-conceptual framework and a quantitative methodology for dealing with critical environmental issues that cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines. The nature of general systems, concepts and laws; the role of perspective in identification of system properties; the structure and behavior of environmental and ecological systems. For students with strong interests in environmental problems. P: Envir St 126 and a course in biology, or enroll in envir st undergrad progm. Authorization may be required.

Envir 471 Introduction to Environmental Health. (Crosslisted with Pop Hlth) I; 3 cr (B-I). Impact of environmental problems on human health; biological hazards to human health from air and water pollution; radiation; pesticides; noise; problems related to food, occupation and environment of the work place; accidents. Physical and chemical factors involved. P: A course in biology; Jr st.

Envir 502 Air Pollution and Human Health. (Crosslisted with Pop Hlth) I; 3 cr (B-D). Toxicologic, controlled and epidemiologic studies on major air pollutants. Overview of study methods, lung physiology and pathology; air pollution sources, types, meteorology, sampling methods, controls and regulations. P: Jr st, a course in biology.

Envir 513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Hist Sci) II; 3 cr (Z-A). Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements. P: Jr st.

Envir 575 Assessment of Environmental Impact. (Crosslisted with Soil Sci) Even yrs.; II; 3 cr (P-I). Overview of methods for collecting and analyzing information about environmental impacts on agricultural and natural resources, including monitoring the physical environment and relating impacts to people and society. P: Jr st. Authorization may be required.

Forest 450 Communities and Forests. Odd yrs.; II; 3 cr (S-I). An examination on a global basis of the interactions between human communities and forests, with an emphasis on alternative approaches to community forestry management, drawing on both first and third world experiences. P: Sr st.

Hist Sci 133 Biology & Society. (Crosslisted with Med Hist) 3 cr.; Z (either Humanities or Social Science), E. From medical advancements to environmental crises and global food shortages, biology and the life sciences are implicated in some of the most pressing social issues of our time. This course explores events in the history of biology from the mid twentieth century to today, and examines how developments in this scientific field have shaped and are shaped by society. The course investigates the origins of the institutions, technologies, and styles of practice that characterize contemporary biology;  areas of biology that have raised controversies about regulation, governance, and public participation; asks how biological facts and theories have been and continue to be used as a source for understanding ourselves. This course will help students in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities to develop the analytic and writing skills needed to confront complex social issues involving the life sciences. P: None, Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 218 History of Twentieth Century American Medicine. (Crosslisted with Med Hist) Irr.; 3 cr (S-E). This undergraduate lecture course introduces students to the development of the modern American medical care system. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 222 Technology and Social Change in History. I or II; 3 cr (H-I). Topics in the history of technology of interest to students in engineering and physical sciences. Themes include the social basis of technical change, the impact of technology on everyday life, and ethical issues in technology in the last two centuries. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 230 Agriculture and Social Change in Western History. (Crosslisted with C&E Soc) I or II; 3 cr (Z-E). Agricultural practices and social history from prehistoric times to the present. Topics include origins of agriculture, feudalism, agriculture in the Industrial Revolution, farming in America, and the consequences of the Green Revolution. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 275 Science, Medicine, and Race: A History. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Afroamer) Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (e-Z-E). Surveys the medical and scientific constructions of categories of race, placing the development of racial theories in a broad social and political context. The course will pay particular attention to the importance of racial science in slavery and colonialism. P: Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 280 Honors Seminar: Studies in Science, Technology, Medicine. I or II; 3 cr (b-H-I). Intensive exploration of issues in the history of science. Emphasis on developing critical thinking about science through formal and informal writing. P: Communications Requirement Part A must be satisfied. Open to non-honors stdts with cons inst. Open to Fr.

Hist Sci 323 The Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton. (Crosslisted with History) I or II; 3 cr (H-D). An introduction to the formative period of modern science, including major ideas and events in the physical and life sciences from Copernicus to Newton. P: Jr st or cons inst. Grads enroll concurrently in Hist Sci 623.

Hist Sci 331 Science, Medicine and Religion. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Relig St) Irr.; 3-4 cr (H-D). Science, medicine and religion from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on Western civilization. P: Jr st and cons inst.

Hist Sci 337 History of Technology. I or II; 3 cr (H-A). A survey of Western technology within its social and cultural context during the past 1000 years. Topics include technology in European expansion, the industrial revolution, and the rise of the United States as a technological superpower. P: Jr st or cons inst. Grads must enroll concurrently in Hist Sci 637.

Hist Sci 394 Science in America. (Crosslisted with History, Med Hist) Irr.; 3 cr (H-D). From the colonial period to the present; emphasis on the development of scientific institutions and the influence of science on American life. P: Jr st or cons inst.

Hist Sci 444 Health and Social Welfare in Western Society. (Crosslisted with Geog, Med Hist) Irr.; 3 cr (H-I). The rise of public concern for human well-being in the European nations from preliterate society to the twentieth century. Greek individualism and Christian charity, the shift from ecclesiastical to secular responsibility, the sanitary movement and development of a scientific basis for public health, and emergence of contemporary public health issues. P: So st.

Hist Sci 508 Health, Disease and Healing II. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, History) I or II; 3-4 cr (H-I). Medicine in Europe from the 18th century to mid-20th century, investigating changes in disease and demography, state interest in health care, the medical professions, and both scientific and alternative medical ideas. P: Jr st.

Hist Sci 513 Environment and Health in Global Perspective. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Envir St) II; 3 cr (Z-A). Explores the historical relationships between environmental change and human health from the 17th through the 20th century. Topics include colonialism and disease, medical geography, urban pollution and reform, workplace hazards, environmental risk, and the anti-toxics and environmental justice movements. P: Jr st.

Hist Sci 523 Race, American Medicine and Public Health. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Afroamer) Irr.; 3 cr (e-S-D). The course will provide historical perspectives on current dilemmas facing black patients and health care professionals. P: Jr or Sr st.

Hist Sci 538 Science in the Twentieth Century: Historical Themes and Issues. Irr.; 3 cr (H-I). Major themes in the physical and biological sciences from 1890 to the present, with attention to conceptual development, interaction of science and society, philosophical issues, and personalities in science. P: Hist of sci grad or undergrad majors only. Jr st or cons inst. Not open to stdts who have had Hist Sci 203

Hist Sci 553 International Health and Global Society. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Pop Hlth) I; 3 cr (Z-I). Major problems in international health from 1750 to the present. Focus on disease epidemiology and ecology; political economy of health; migration; quarantine; race, ethnicity, and health care; international health research; cross-cultural healing; mental and maternal health; growth of international health organizations. P: Jr or Sr st, or cons inst.

Med Hist 509 The Development of Public Health in America. (Crosslisted with Hist Sci) I or II; 3 cr (B-I). Seminar. Health problems in the U.S. from the colonial period to the twentieth century; efforts made toward their solutions. P: Jr st & cons inst.

Med Hist 531 Women and Health in American History. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Women St) I or II; 3 cr (B-I). Women as patients and as health professionals in America from the colonial period to the present. P: Jr st & cons inst

Med Hist 532 The History of the (American) Body. Alt yrs.; I; 3 cr (H-A). This course demonstrates that human bodies have social and cultural histories. It will highlight the social values placed on different bodies, the changing social expectations bodies create, and the role of science and medicine in creating the cultural meanings of bodies. P: Women St 103 or other women’s studies crse required; prev hist (incl med hist & hist sci) crse preferred.

Med Hist 559 Topics in Ethics and History of Medicine. Irr.; 3 cr (H-D). A survey of ethical and social issues in medical ethics and history of medicine. Cooperating faculty may be drawn from philosophy, law, medical ethics, history, political science, public health, economics, education, and communication, as well as medicine and the biological sciences. P: Cons inst; enrollment may be limited depending on topic and approach.

Med Hist 560 Task Force in Bioethics Policy. Irr.; 3 cr (S-A). Simulated public policy task force, charged to address the ethical, legal, social and public policy challenges posed by a major topic in contemporary bioethics. Significant individual and group writing required. P: Prerequisites may vary according to topic. Jr or Sr st and cons inst based on relevant prior coursework.

Nursing 105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach. (Crosslisted with Social Work, S&A PHM, Ther Sci) I, II; 2 cr (S-E). Introduction to health care systems. Factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, the roles of various health workers, and the sociological and economic aspects of health care. Does not count as a B.S.-Pharmacy professional elective. P: Open to all undergrads. PRN’s & NUR’s must register for 2 cr.

Philos 441 Environmental Ethics. (Crosslisted with Envir St) I or II or SS; 3-4 cr (Z-A). Adequacy of ethical theories in handling such wrongs as harm to the land, to posterity, to endangered species, and to the ecosystem itself. Exploration of the view that not all moral wrongs involve harm to humans. Inquiry into the notion of the quality of life and the ethics of the “lifeboat” situation. P: 3 cr philos or envir studies, or Grad st in IES.

Philos 558 Ethical Issues in Health Care. (Crosslisted with Med Sci) II; 3 cr (H-I). Ethical issues apparently created by new biomedical technologies, such as genetic screening, prenatal diagnosis, prolongation of life, treatment of severe birth defects, in vitro fertilization, behavior modification, psychosurgery, and transplantation. P: Jr st or cons inst.

Philos 565 The Ethics of Modern Biotechnology. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Agronomy, C&E Soc) I or II; 3-4 cr (H-I). Study of ethical issues arising from the application of modern biotechnology to microorganisms, crops, and non-human animals. Readings cover moral theory, technology studies, political philosophy, the science used in biotechnology, and current regulations governing its use. P: Jr st & cons inst.

C&E Soc 245 Technology and Society. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (E). Students are introduced to a wide range of work on technology, the social forces shaping its development, and social impacts of its adoption. Students are encouraged to examine their assumptions about technology and its relationship to society. P: Open to Fr

C&E Soc 311 Biotechnology and Society: The Socio-Cultural Study of Biotechnology. (Crosslisted with Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-I). Examines socio-cultural issue surrounding contemporary biotechnology. Will study the production of biotechnologies using socio-cultural lenses and the ways in which the new biologies and biotechnologies become integral to the re-production of society and culture. P: So st.

C&E Soc 612 Agriculture, Technology, and Society. (Crosslisted with C&E Soc) I or II; 3-4 cr (S-D). Interaction between agricultural technologies and the social, political, economic, and environmental contexts in which production takes place. Issues such as agricultural sustainability, the social impacts of biotechnology, and technology development in both advanced industrial nations and developing countries. P: Cons inst

Soc 130 Social Problems. I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Conditions and processes in personal and social maladjustment; nature of social disorganization and social problems; their relation to social change and basic ideological, technological, and institutional structures and processes. P: Open to Fr.

Soc 248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society. (Crosslisted with C&E Soc, Soc) I or II; 3 cr (S-E). Introduces the concerns and principles of sociology through examination of human interaction with the natural environment. Places environmental issues such as resource depletion, population growth, food production, environmental regulation, and sustainability in national and global perspectives. P: Open to Fr.

Soc 250 Organizations and Society. I or II; 3-4 cr (S-I). Role of organizations, including industrial, governmental, and educational ones, in American society. Topics: impact of organizations on members and clients, the internal dynamics of organizations, and the interchange between organizations and their environment, including the society as a whole. P: So st.

Soc 531 Sociology of Medicine. I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Cultural, social, and social psychological factors in disease processes, distribution of disease, social definitions of illness, and organization of the health professions and health facilities. P: Jr st and intro course in soc or cons inst.

Soc 611 Gender, Science and Technology. (Crosslisted with Women St) I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Course examines issues and theories in gender and science. Topics include historical and contemporary studies of technoscientific and medical constructions of sex/gender differences; feminist critiques of scientific theories and methods; proposals of new epistemologies. P: Jr st.

Soc 643 Sociology of Occupations and Professions. I or II; 3 cr (S-A). Occupational differentiation of the labor force; variations in power and prestige of occupational and professional groups; recruitment to occupations, higher education and careers; personality and work roles; professionalization processes. P: Jr st and an intro course in soc or cons inst.

Soc Work 205 Introduction to the Field of Social Work. I; 4 cr (S-E). A basic survey. Historical development, formation of social welfare policies, and the role of the social work professional. P: So st.

Soc Work 206 Introduction to Social Policy. II; 4 cr (S-E). Provides an awareness of problems and concepts of the policy process in the U.S. Explores the political, economic, and institutional frameworks which structure public social welfare choices. Might include income maintenance, child welfare, mental health, corrections. P: So st.

Soc Work 420 Poverty and Social Welfare. Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). Nature and dimensions of poverty in the U.S. Individual and social consequences of poverty. Historic and contemporary approaches. Poverty and social welfare policy and programs. P: Jr st.

Soc Work 422 The Social Problems of Aging and Old Age. (Crosslisted with Soc) Irr.; 3 cr (S-I). Comparison of aging and the role of old people in various societies; age-grading and age-norms; the changing life cycle; factors that account for the changed position of the aged in our society; problems of the aged and proposed solutions. P: Jr st, intro soc crse or Soc Work 205.

Women St 524 The Medical History of Sex and Sexuality. (Crosslisted with Med Hist, Hist Sci) Alt yrs.; II; 3 cr (H-I). Examines the changing place of medicine and scientific authority in public and private sexual lives. Highlights the role of medicine in defining appropriate sexual behavior, understanding the cause of sexual deviance, and treating sexual problems and diseases. P: Prev history (incl med hist & hist sci) crse preferred.