Approved courses for fulfilling the STS Major & Minor (2016/17)

Please note: Some of the following are offered only in alternate  years. Some have prerequisites you would need to fulfill prior to taking them or obtain permission of the course instructor. You can streamline your schedule by planning to use prerequisite courses to fulfill your general BA requirements. 
ANTHR 230  Anthropology of Science, Technology
                     and Environment (R)
ANTHR 323  Ecological Anthropology **
ANTHR 332  Anthropology of Science 
ART H 209   History of Design 
ART H 309   Design Theory and History 
CHRTC 350  Science and Religion
CLASS 294   Ancient Science, Technology and Medicine
C LIT 210    Cyberliterature 
C LIT 242    Science Fiction (R)
CMPUT 300  Computers and Society 
ECON 222   Technology, Institutions and Economic Growth 
ENGL 303   Computing Technology and Culture: Cyberculture
ENGL 304   Computing Technology and Culture 
HIST 270    The History of Science, Technology and Medicine **  
HIST 294    Introduction to the History of Sciences,
                  Technology & Medicine (R)
HIST 325    History of Domestic Technology **
HIST 353    History of American Medicine
HIST 391    History of Technology
HIST 394    History of Astronomy & Cosmology From Stonehenge
                  to the Space Age (R) 
HIST 396    History of Medicine
HIST 397    History of Science

HIST 398   History of Science II 
HIST 496   Topics in the History of Science
INT D222   Interdisciplinarity **
PHIL 217   Biology, Society, and Values 
PHIL 265   Philosophy of Science (R)
PHIL 317   Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 325   Risk, Choice, and Rationality 
PHIL 355   Environmental Ethics 
PHIL 365   Philosophy of Computing 
PHIL 366   Computers and Culture 
PHIL 375   Science and Society 
PHIL 411   Philosophy of Space and Time 
PHIL 412   Topics in Philosophy of Science 
PHIL 415   Topics in Philosophy of Biology
SOC 344   Media Culture and Society **
SOC 462   Science and Society **
STS 200   Intro to Studies in Science, Technology and Society (R) 
STS 397   Special Topics in Science, Technology and Society
STS 400   Contemporary Issues in Science, Technology
               and Society (R)
STS 497   Science, Technology and Society
WGS 350  Women and Science **

** Starred courses have been revised and renumbered for 2016/17.  Renumbered and/or replacement courses can be found below.

(R) Courses required for the major.

New and Special Topics Courses for 2016/17

New and special “Topics” courses appear in the Calendar every year, some of which may be of interest to students in the STS program. Such courses may be used to supplement the approved list with permission of the program director. We recommend you consider:


ECON 222 - Technology, Institutions and Economic Growth (W 2017)
Differences in technology and institutions are used to explain why some countries are richer than others; why economic growth rates differ across time and jurisdictions; and causes of convergence/divergence in cross-country growth rates. Prerequisite: ECON 101 or equivalent.

ECON 269 - Economics of the Environment (F 2016)
Economic growth and the deterioration of the environment; types, causes, theory, policy, and measurement, and current Canadian environmental topics. Prerequisite: ECON 101 or equivalent. Not open to students with credit in ECON 369, INT D 369, or INT D 225 offered as Economics and the Environment.

FS 203 A2 - Television from Broadcasting to Screen Cultures (F 2016)
The socio-cultural role of TV from the network to multi-platform eras with an emphasis on theories of power and representation.

HIST 293 - History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (W 2017)
Concentrates on key events and pivotal moments in the history of science, technology, and medicine through the study of a wide variety of historical sources, such as photographs, artifacts, films, letters, lab notebooks and diaries. The focus this year is on the history of science and will examine, among other topics, Galileo's moon drawings, Charles Darwin's notebooks and Rosalind Franklin's x-ray photographs of DNA. No previous knowledge of the history of science, technology or medicine is required.

HIST 296 World War Two (F 2016)
The global conflict of 1939-45, with emphasis not just on war fighting but also on political, social, scientific and technological aspects.295 - 20TH Century Warfare (F 2016)

PHIL 250 - Contemporary Ethical Issues (F 2016 & W 2017)
An examination of questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and the application of ethical theories to practical issues.

SOC 226 - Social Studies of Surveillance (F 2016)
Critical analysis of the increased prominence of diverse forms of surveillance in contemporary society.
SOC 291 - Introduction to Environmental Sociology (W 2017)
Sociological examination of the relationship between human societies and the natural environment.

WGS 244 - Disability Studies (W 2017)
Interrogation of medical model of disability through cultural disability studies, including feminist and queer perspectives. Introduces students to social issues in disability studies, social policy, and social justice.

WGS 250 - Gender and Science (F 2016)
Interdisciplinary exploration of gender and science, with an emphasis on intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and politics in historical and contemporary scientific practices. Note: Not open to students with credit in W ST 350 or WGS 350.

WGS 260 - Women and War (W 2017)
Introduction to how women experience political conflicts, either in contemporary or historical contexts, focusing on how violence, access to resources, public decision-making, and social security impact women during and after conflict.


ANTHR 372 - Anthropology of Food (2017)
Examination of the relationship between food and culture through historical and cross-cultural analysis of foodways. Prerequisite: ANTHR 207 (or ANTHE 207) or consent of Department.
Art H 301: Ecocritical Studies in the History of Art, Design & Visual Culture(W 2017)
This course introduces students to ecocritical approaches to the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture. Through a series of case studies, students will examine such issues as environmental interconnectedness, sustainability, and justice in cultural interpretation. Readings and classes will be dedicated to discussion of a diverse range of artists and designers, including scientific illustrator William Bartram, landscape painter Thomas Cole, sustainable design theorist Buckminster Fuller, Navajo weaver Alberta Thomas, and Arctic photographer Subhankar Banerjee. Prerequisites: Consent of Department. Students are normally expected to have completed two 200 level Art History courses with a minimum grade of B- in both

FS 340 A3 - Making Television: Production Cultures (F 2016) An examination of the cultural and industrial dimensions of televisual production and distribution into the post-network era.

HIST 359 - Canadian Environmental History (W 2017) Brings the natural environment onto a shared stage with social, economic, political and cultural history in Canada from the last ice age to the present.

PHIL 386 - Social Justice & Health Care (W 2017) The manufacturer of Soliris charges half a million dollars for a one-year supply of this life-saving drug. Should provincial governments provide this drug to all who need it? Quebec pays for IVF treatment of infertile couples. Should Alberta follow suit? There is a seven-year gap in life expectancy between aboriginal and other Canadians. Aboriginal people have significantly higher rates of diabetes and other diseases than the rest of Canadians. What are our moral obligations to rectify these health inequities? This course applies theories of social justice to answer such questions.

SOC 363 - Sociology of Work and Industry (2016) Sociological analysis of the changing nature and content of work, its diversity of industrial contexts and organizational forms, and its consequences for individuals and society, from Canadian and comparative perspectives. Prerequisite: SOC 100. Not open to students with credit in SOC 366.

STS 350 - Understanding Video Games (Fall 2016)
(or STS 351 Understanding Video Games (Fall 016) -- STS 351 not open to students in STS 350)

WGS 302 - Feminist Research and Methodologies (W 2017)
Whether there can be and is a distinctive feminist perspective on research in various disciplines; the ways in which taking a feminist perspective or taking account of women in research, affects the research process. Prerequisite: Any 100 or 200 level WSG or W ST course, or departmental consent.


ANTHR 481 Development of Anthropological Archaeology (W 2017)
A survey and historical examination of the approaches and practices used in archaeology from earliest times to the present, with a particular emphasis on the changing relationship between anthropological theory and archaeology. Starting with the 18th and 19th Century roots of archaeology in antiquarianism and the rediscovery of the Classical world, then proceeding to the impact of concepts such as evolution and uniformitarian geology. After covering various schools of thought concerning culture historical reconstruction, in the remainder of the course, we will examine attempts to model past human behaviour, processual and post-processual archaeology, and issues in archaeology today. Prerequisites: ANTHR 206 and a 300- or 400-level anthropology course, or consent of Instructor.

ANTHR 485 Topics in Social, Cultural and/or Linguistic Anthropology: Anthropology of Art (2017)
This course will review classical anthropological studies of “primitive art” and major types of questions they pose – the function of art, the social position of art-producers, the politics of artistic presentation, the sociology of aesthetic judgments, the social agency of art objects, and the formal analysis of art as diagnostic of larger social/cultural patterns. We will explore the ambivalence of anthropology toward modern Western art, and its uneasy dialogue with established disciplines that take various art genres as objects of historical/theoretical studies.

ART H 455/555: Visualizing “Nature” in the 2nd half of the long 19th Century (W 2017)

In this course we will examine how “nature” was theorized and represented in the visual and applied arts from 1848-1914. On the one hand, this will include investigating Realist, Impressionist & Symbolist works focusing, in particular on landscape, botanical and zoological subject matter. On the other, it will include nature motifs in Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau design. How such representations relate to early environmental and scientific discourses will be considered. Theories of the Anthropocene, Animal Studies and Environmental History will inform our enquiries. Note: This course may be chosen for credit by students in the Interdisciplinary Program in Science, Technology and Society. Prerequisites: Consent of the department. Students are normally expected to have completed one 300- level course with a minimum grade of B

HIST 460 Topics in Canadian History: (A2) Water and Power (F2016)
This seminar will examine how historians and scholars in allied fields have explored the intersections between water and power. Students will explore a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches, with particular attention to literature considering large dams and urban rivers in Canada. Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

HIST 497 History of Women and Health (F 2016)
This seminar examines the multicultural history of women as health practitioners, patients, and health activists in North America. It addresses such themes as birth control, sexuality, disease, childbirth, midwifery, nursing, medicine, and public health. Taught in conjunction with HIST 698 A1. Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of the Department.

SOC 445 - Built Environments (W2017)
The significance of social spaces as constituted by architecture, design and artifacts of material culture. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or consent of instructor. 

PHIL 412/510 Topics in Philosophy of Science: Eugenics (W 2017)
This course will offer a philosophical exploration of eugenics with special reference to the history and contemporary significance of Alberta's involvement in eugenics. The readings for the course will consist of a book manuscript by the instructor, "Standpoint Eugenics", as well as articles on eugenics, disability, and science in society. Prerequisite: two 200-level courses in philosophy or permission of the instructor.