This course explores the implications of Western science and technology on the Asian American experience. By interrogating how science has been defined in the "West" in relation to "non-Western" peoples, we will explore questions related to epistemology, racialization, migration, education, professionalization, and research, and the political stakes therein.
This course, is required for the Environmental Studies major, is an interdisciplinary examination of some of the major environmental issues of our time. This course explores aspects of societys relationship with environment using the humanities, social sciences and naturalsciences. Topics include: environmental ethics and philosophy; ecosystems, biodiversity, and endangered species; North/South environmental conflicts; air pollution and acid rain; ozone depletion; climate change; biotechnology; and international environmental policy.
Introduction to GIS. Geospatial analysis of data obtained from numerous sources is a critical way to learn about the Earths environment, an example being the interplay between geological, biological, hydrological and human/social elements. Extensive hands-on learning of basic GIS techniques paves the way for a project in which students explore a complex (normally environmental) problem. Prerequisite: Area 4 course, or permission of instructor.
For some, environmental history recounts humanitys long encounter with nature; for others, it is the changing story of the land itself; for still others, it is an account of humanitys changing ideas about nature and wilderness. In this course we will familiarize ourselves with all of these approaches. The course, which is global in scope, surveys materials from the past five centuries. Major themes include: the history of globalization and industrialization, ecological imperialism, the history of ecology, the idea of wilderness, science and environment and global environmental change.
An examination of several important episodes in the history of chemistry, biology, physics and medicine from the late 18th to mid-20th centuries. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which new scientific theories have been developed and evaluated, to the impact of cultural beliefs about gender and race on science, and to fundamental debates within science and medicine about what counts as good evidence and proper methodology.
Discovery, Invention and Progress: Philosophy of Science and Technology. Introduction to the philosophy of science and technology. Addresses issues such as the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to facilitate objectivity and rationality in science and technology and evaluation of the neutrality thesis, the view that technology is a neutral instrument that can be used for good or ill.
Origins of Western philosophy through reading and discussion of its classical sources, including the Presocratics, Stoics, Epicureans, Sceptics, Plato and Aristotle.
Policy Implementation and Evaluation. Public policy in the United States, the ways governments implement policy decisions and alternative means of evaluating the impact of policy on society. Major field research-based term paper. For Public Policy Analysis and Environmental Analysis majors. Others by permission.
Science and technology shape and are shaped by society and are therefore forms as well as objects of power and authority. Topics include the origins and evolution of science policy in the U.S.; technology and globalization; the politics of BANG (bits, atoms, neurons, genes); and citizen participation in technological policies and practices. Prerequisite: PPA 001 PO or STS 001 PO.
What is homelessness? What are its origins? What does it tell us about our political condition? This course considers these questions in a capstone senior seminar for Political Studies majors. The course covers material from the various sub-fields of political studies.
Introduces students to health and stress-related areas within Psychology, with an exploration of both environmental sources of stress (e.g., sports, discrimination) and lifestyle choices (e.g., eating, relationships). Research on mind-body issues and health-promoting behaviors will be examined. Other topics may include medical ethics, pain, substance use and psychoneuroimmunology. Letter grade only. Prerequisites: PSYC051 PO.
Seminar in Clinical Psychology. Relationships and Psychopathology Seminar. Critical review of the myriad ways in which relationships contribute to the development and maintenance of psychiatric disorders, as well as the ways in which relationships can be used in the treatment of psychiatric illness. The class will examine a broad range of relationships (parent-child, romantic, peer, sibling) across the lifespan for their association with diverse forms of psychiatric illness. Prerequisite: 131.
Introduction to demographic issues related to health and environment using U.S. data and case studies from other countries. Topics include human population growth and environmental impacts, mortality and fertility declines, urbanization and segregation, migration, population aging and the relationship between education and demographic processes. A field trip to downtown Los Angeles is required, along with a final project connecting demographic and environmental issues.
The human body is 60% made of water; brain and heart, 73%; lungs, 83%. Clean, clear water: the most essential of essentials, and not always easy to get. Not easy to get rid of, either, when there is too much of it. What's in your water? Where does it come from? And what is water, anyway? Those questions are on our agenda. Technologies have cultures: dams, dykes, and "polders" -- hand water pumps, canals and viaducts, irrigation systems, and draught mitigation; we will examine them, and their politics and infrastructures, in this class.
Sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste inform scientific work across a range of disciplines. Yet sensory information remains suspect precisely because of the difficulties inherent in containing, measuring, and communicating about embodied experience. This class explores how sensory information intersects with scientific practice, and questions whether scale (from the macro to the micro) influences the recognition or repudiation of sensory knowledge. Drawing on texts such as Emily Thompson, The Soundscape of Modernity, Natasha Meyers, Rendering Life Molecular, and Sarah Pinks Doing Sensory Ethnography, students in this class will learn not only how to attend to the way that sensory information informs the making of knowledge, they will also investigate what a sensory sensibility can offer contemporary scientific debates.
Biochemical basis for antiretroviral therapy and HIV prevention strategies. The causes and impact of the global HIV-AIDS pandemic, including the interrelationships among HIV-AIDS, prejudice, race, and stigma. Students will complete a community service project in partnership with a local AIDS organization. Cross-listed with BIOL187 HM. Cross-listed with STS187 HM. Integrative Experience. Prerequisite: BIOL113 HM or equivalent. Written permission required. 3 Credit hours.
Senior Integrative Seminar. Students read and discuss seminal and provocative works on STS. Each student conducts an independent project in an area of interest and competence. Discussions of research in progress, oral presentations of final product, written paper.