STV Spring 2018 Courses
Find the requirements for earning the STV minor here.
1. STV students are strongly encouraged to take the core course, STV 20556, as soon as possible to avoid potential time conflicts in the future. This course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.
2. Most other Science, Technology, and Values courses listed have a cross-listing in one or more other departments or programs. STV minors may enroll in courses via these other cross-listings and still count them as STV courses. (This requires later adjustment to your transcript. If you want a course to count in satisfaction of your STV requirements, it's preferable, then, to enroll in the course via it's STV listing. If the only way for you to register for the course is via its cross-listing in another department, please contact Leah Ashe after the registration period closes to adjust your record.)
3. One (and only one) STV course may be “double-counted” in satisfaction of both an STV minor course requirement and a University or College requirement. Note that University rules state that no course may be double-counted in satisfaction of the requirements for both a minor and a major, nor can a course be counted for two minors. If you have further questions regarding double counting, please consult with the advising dean in your host College.
Consult the portfolio of STV courses offered from 2011 through 2018 in the Course Archives.
Fall 2018 Course Offerings
STV 20556: Science, Technology, & Society
T/TH 12:30 – 1:45
This course introduces the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies. Our concern will be with science and technology (including medicine) as social and historical, i.e., as human, phenomena. We shall examine the divergent roots of contemporary science and technology, and the similarities and (sometimes surprising) differences in their methods and goals. The central theme of the course will be the ways in which science and technology interact with other aspects of society, including the effects of technical and theoretical innovation in bringing about social change, and the social shaping of science and technology themselves by cultural, economic and political forces. Because science/society interactions so frequently lead to public controversy and conflict, we shall also explore what resources are available to mediate such conflicts in an avowedly democratic society.
STV 20310: Health, Medicine, and Society
M/W 5:05 – 6:20
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the sociology of health and of medicine.First we will examine how sociological variables affect people's health. Research is rapidly accumulating which shows that sociological variables have a huge impact on people's susceptibility to various illnesses, on their access to health care, and on their compliance with medical advice. Such variables include people's neighborhoods, occupations, and lifestyles; their social class, education, race, ethnicity, and gender - and the density of "social networks", whose importance for health was predicted by one of sociology's founders over 100 years ago.Second we will examine medicine, both the practice of medicine by individual health care professionals, viewed sociologically, and the operation of the increasingly large and bureaucratic medical institutions in which health care professionals must work. In addition, we will examine sociological issues that overlap "medicine", such as radically long shifts; the rapid increase in the proportion of female doctors; and increasing concern with work/family balance among practitioners. Third, we will examine health and medicine in relation to other dimensions of society, such as the modern economy, the media, law, the internet, government and politics. Health and medicine are intrinsically social and they cannot be isolated from the effects of the rest of society, many of which run counter to strictly "medical" considerations. Finally, we will examine health and medicine globally. We will compare health and medicine in a number of societies to see and explain how they are similar and how they differ - for example, how different societies pay for medical care. And we will examine global trends with implications for health and medicine that require cooperation among societies, such as the way in which global air travel both increases the danger of global pandemics and makes possible "medical tourism."
STV 20311: Health & Culture: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
M/W 11:00 -12:15
This introductory course uses anthropological concepts to explore how different social groups experience health, illness, and healing. Our encounters with "traditional" healers, shamans, holistic practitioners, and medical doctors will prompt us to think about health and healing systems - including biomedicine or "Western" medicine - as social institutions, as well as sources of power and authority. Through critical readings, class discussions, and hands-on health practices, we will also consider how transnational flows and historical inequities shape how we know and experience our bodies.
STV 30021: History of Medical Sciences
Christopher Hamlin & Evan Ragland
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
This course is an intellectual history of western medicine. It is intended to familiarize students with the multiple explanatory problems that occur in medicine and the most important approaches to them. Its focus will be much more on medical theory and knowledge than on medical practice and institutions. The course will begin with a review the Hippocratic and Galenic heritages and early modern appeals to chemical and physical explanations of disease and of health. A middle section will explore the 17th-18th century syntheses of Sydenham, Boerhaave, and Cullen, consider the difficult problem of nosology, and examine the empiricist critique in the clinics of early nineteenth-century Paris, including the conflict between ontological and physiological concepts of disease. The final section will examine several distinct trends in the nineteenth century: the impact of experimental physiology, the growth of clinical science, the emergence of epidemiology and tropical medicine, the rise of bacteriology, immunology, and virology; and the impact of new statistical methods. Reading assignments will be a mix of scholarly articles by medical historians and extracts from primary sources. Requirements include critical reviews of primary sources, journal, quizzes, and final exam. There are no prerequisites for the course. While some familiarity with the human body and its ailments and vulnerabilities, and some comfort with modes of biological explanation will be helpful, the course is intended for persons with general interests.
STV 30263: International Politics of Climate Change
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
The problems associated with climate change are collective problems that will require collective solutions. These generally require some form of political solution. The accumulation of evidence, even anecdotal evidence, seems to point toward potentially irreversible changes in our climate and an almost mind-boggling resistance to doing much about it. This resistance to act is important to understand. If the problems are indeed as dramatic as many say they are (and I think they have evidence on their side), then the solutions will have to be crafted in the political and social arenas. We will develop ways to think about political solutions to these collective problems, focusing on international organizations and agreements, local politics and individual behaviors. We will explore questions of mitigation as well as adaptation to climate pressures.
STV 30981: History of Psychiatry
T/TH 12:30 – 1:45
This course surveys the recognition and response to mental illnesses as a component of the history of western medicine. Topics include the integration of physical and mental illnesses in classical medicine, the great ages of nervousness in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the emergence and cultural role of psychodynamic psychiatry, the asylum and subsequent deinstitutionalization, and the modern era of psychoactive medication. We consider multiple perspectives - those of states and communities, professions, institutions and charities, families and sufferers. Our focus will not only be with "madness" per se, but with broader questions of mental incapacity - with conditions known as melancholia and neurasthenia, as well as feeble-mindedness and dementia, and finally the set of issues we now face.
STV 40220: Science and Social Values
M/W 5:05 – 6:20
Science and social values? The established wisdom has it that science offers us the truth about the empirical world—what is rather than what ought to be—and that social values have little to do with it. How else explain the fact that science can be used for both good and ill and that science is granted authority by people of widely different ethical and political persuasions? According to this idea, in short, science is, or at least ought to be, “value-free” or “value-neutral.” In this course we shall explore the major strands of this idea, their origins in Western thought, and the hold they still have on us. Our main focus, however, will be on their current tangles with the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and the knotty questions that have developed as a result, questions concerning the prospects of scientific objectivity and the role of science in a democratic society. This course will be run as a seminar with students sometimes leading class discussions, presenting the results of individual research projects to the group, and further developing those projects using feedback from the group. The aim, of course, will be for students to develop fully informed and defensible responses to the controversial terrain we shall be exploring.
STV 10723: Social Psychology for Pre-Health Students
T/TH 12:30 – 1:45
Health professionals are increasingly aware of the importance of a holistic understanding of people, one that moves beyond physiology. This course is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of social psychology, a field at the intersection of sociology and psychology, to offer a view of ourselves and others beyond our physical selves. Drawing on research specifically geared toward pre-health students and covering many concepts covered on the MCAT, this course explores how people become who they are -- how our selves are shaped by others, the groups we belong to, the social structures around us, and our interactions as social beings -- and the tremendous importance of these social processes.
STV 20010: Sustainability: Principles & Practice
Donna Glowacki & Ashish Sharma
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
This interdisciplinary course explores the challenges of environmental sustainability through social, economic, scientific, and ethical lenses. Taught jointly by professors from sciences, humanities, and social sciences, the course aims to instill broad, integrative and critical thinking about global environmental problems whose solutions will depend multidisciplinary approaches. This gateway course to the Minor in Sustainability is open to all students interested in a deep exploration of these critical issues. Students considering Minor in Sustainability are encouraged to take this course during their sophomore year.
STV 20065: Science & Strategy of Nuclear War
Daniel Bardayan & Michael Desch
M/W 9:30 – 10:45
An introductory course, for non-science majors, providing an overview to a broad range of topics and aspects of nuclear weapons and warfare in the 21st century, providing students with both an understanding of the science behind nuclear weapons (including nuclear fission and fusion, effects of shock and thermal radiation, electromagnetic pulses, etc.) as well as an understanding of the strategic aspects of the nuclear revolution. This course is jointly taught and sponsored by the Department of Physics and the Department of Political Science.
STV 20208: Minds, Brains, & Persons
M/W 12:30 - 1:45
M/W 2:00 - 3:15
M/W 11:00 - 12:15
This course will treat some central issues in the philosophy of mind, such as freedom of the will, personal identity, and the relationship between mind and body.
STV 20304: Energy and Society
T/TH 3:30 -4:45
A course developing the basic ideas of energy and power and their applications from a quantitative and qualitative viewpoint. The fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) are studied together with their societal limitations (pollution, global warming, diminishing supply). Nuclear power is similarly studied in the context of the societal concerns that arise (radiation, reactor accidents, nuclear weapons proliferation, high-level waste disposal). The opportunities as well as the risks presented by alternative energy resources, in particular solar energy, wind, geothermal and hydropower, together with various aspects of energy conservation, are developed and discussed. This course is designed for the non-specialist.
STV 20327: Frankenstein in Contexts
Gregory Kucich & Eileen Botting
M/W 2:00 -2:50
As part of a campus-wide bicentennial, this new course explores the impact of politics, literature, film, and science on the making of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and the novel’s impact on politics, literature, film, and science since its publication. While the novel remains at the center of the course throughout the semester, the course will consistently situate it in dynamic relation with the following relevant works: political theory by such writers as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft and Godwin; literary texts by such authors as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, and Percy Shelley; scientific writings by such figures from Shelley’s time as Erasmus Darwin and Humphry Davy and more recent work in the history of science and bioethics; film and theatrical adaptations of the novel from the nineteenth century to the present. Students will assimilate this demanding amount of material through the division of the course into four broad categories of analysis: Political Theory and the French Revolution; Gender and Family; Race, Refugees, and Human Rights; History of Science and Bioethics. Each category will include readings, lectures, and discussion across the disciplinary frameworks (literature, film, politics, and science) established as modes of inquiry for this course. Students are also required to attend a film lab that will feature a significant number of films inspired by Frankenstein. Writing assignments will consist of three 5-page papers, linked to the course’s main categories of analysis, and students will be required to utilize the interpretive tools of at least two of the course’s disciplinary frameworks for each paper. A final examination will enable students to integrate their considerable range of knowledge acquisition with their interdisciplinary thinking skills in understanding both the making and the impact of the Frankenstein story.
STV 20331: Introduction to Criminology
M/W 11:00 – 12:15
Introduction to Criminology provides students with an overview of the sociological study of law making, law breaking and the resulting social responses. In this class we not only look at a variety of crimes, but we also discuss the varying methods sociologists use to collect, interpret and evaluate data, as well as how we theorize about crime and punishment. We address questions such as : Why are some people or groups labeled as criminal, while others are not?? Do laws in both their construction and enforcement serve everyone’s interests equally?? ? How can the communities in which people are embedded be considered as criminogenic?? How are poverty, race, gender and other social factors related to crime??
STV 20602 Medical Ethics
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
An exploration from the point of view of ethical theory of a number of ethical problems in contemporary biomedicine. Topics discussed will include euthanasia, abortion, the allocation of scarce medical resources, truth-telling in the doctor-patient relationship, the right to medical care and informed consent, and human experimentation.
STV 20603 Visualizing Global Change
T 2:00 – 4:45
The goal of the course is to compare the processes by which social scientists and filmmakers/photographers engage in social documentation. Students explore how global social problems such as rural and urban poverty, race and gender inequalities, immigration, and violence are analyzed across the social sciences, and depicted in a variety of documentary film and photography genres. The course also explores the role that documentary photography and film play in promoting rights and advocating for social change, particularly in the realm of human rights and global inequality. It examines the history of documentary film and photography in relationship to politics, and to the development of concerns across the social sciences with inequality and social justice. It also looks at how individual documentarians, non-profit organizations and social movements use film and photography to further their goals and causes, and issues of representation their choices raise. The course is also unique because it requires students to engage in the process of visual documentation themselves by incorporating an activity-based learning component. For their final project, students choose a human rights or social problem that concerns or interests them (and which they can document locally? no travel is required), prepare a documentary ?exhibit? on the chosen topic (10-12 photographs), and write a 12-15 page paper analyzing how 2-3 social scientists construct and frame the given problem. Students also have the option to produce a short documentary film.
STV 20637: Biomedical Ethics
M/W 10:30 – 11:20
A discussion of ethical problems in the medical profession in light of natural law and Christian moral principles.
STV 20639: Philosophy of the Life Sciences
T/TH 2:00- 3:15
This course is an overview of the concepts used in the life sciences, including evolutionary biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and genomics. The course will focus on not only how these concepts are utilized in the sciences but also how they are used in the public arena. The course will therefore aim to help students to develop a sensibility for these issues that affect in multiple ways how we perceive ourselves as humans and as members of society.
STV 20644: Feminist Philosophy and Sci-Fi
M/W 12:30 – 1:45
In this course we will examine some central feminist themes and issues by way of a philosophical examination of science fiction texts. Readings will include short science fiction stories, two or more science fiction novels, and a variety of texts in feminist philosophy and philosophy of gender.
STV 20645: Science, Virtues, & the Good Life
Emanuele Ratti & Nathaniel Warne
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
In this course we will reflect on what the norms and values are, which criteria we use when we talk about the good life, and the relation between science and the good life. How is science related to our conceptions of God, human happiness, and flourishing? Are there virtues in the scientific life that are more conducive to the moral life than others? How do our more intimate relationships, of friendship and love, relate to our responsibilities to God, scientific developments, and human communities as a whole? In particular, we will dissect four main topics: (1) science and human flourishing in early modern and contemporary ages (2) science as a vocation (3) the moral status of scientists and (4) the relation between science and values.
STV 20646: Philosophy & Neuroscience
T/TH 3:30 – 4:45
This course is organized around a series of questions. What makes for a good model of the brain? Does neuroimaging tell us anything about the mind? Are neurons computers? Should we use neuroscience for human enhancement? Will neuroscience ever tell us something important about freedom, ethics, or subjectivity? Should we use neuroscience in the courtroom? Can we reduce psychology to neuroscience? Other questions about the nature of neural representation, the structure of the mind, the evidential value of computational models, and machine learning may also be considered.
STV 20896: Faith & Science: Toward a Relational Unity
T/TH 11:00 – 12:15
This course investigates the relationship between the Catholic Faith and modern science for the sake of an integrated worldview in which they are brought into a "relational unity," i.e. a dynamic interchange in which their distinct perspectives and methods are carefully respected. We will begin with historical, philosophical, biblical and theological resources for engaging science from the perspective of faith. These will be brought into dialogue with modern cosmology, evolutionary biology and the sciences of human origins in an attempt to forge a holistic perspective in which science, philosophy and theology are treated as distinct but mutually enriching paths to truth. Specific topics will include the conflict model of science and religion, the Galileo Affair, the biblical creation accounts, the doctrines of divine creation and divine providence, and the human person as the image of God.
STV 23195: Media, Technology, & Good Life
T/TH 2:00 - 3:15
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clark "A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude." Aldous Huxley The explosion of ever-more electronic devices provides great conveniences, work-aids, and what could be called in a general sense, "play stations." Clearly there are advantages to being able to communicate instantly, globally, and at little or no cost. You might say: the Skype's the limit. But what are the disadvantages, not only from automated trading and self-tracking videos of the "quantified self," but from the more generalized ways these devices can distract us from ourselves and each other in the very process of promising to connect us?From an ever-increasing proliferation of electronic devices, and "enscreening" of daily life, to the increased reliance on automatic and non face-to-face interactions, to virtualizing leisure activities, media and technology have become central players in social relations. This seminar will explore the ways media, and technology more generally, are transforming contemporary society.
STV 30161: History of Television
T/TH 12:30 – 1:45
This course analyzes the history of television, spanning from its roots in radio broadcasting to the latest developments in digital television. In assessing the many changes across this span, the course will cover such topics as why the American television industry developed as a commercial medium in contrast to most other national television industries; how television programming has both reflected and influenced cultural ideologies through the decades; and how historical patterns of television consumption have shifted due to new technologies and social changes. Through studying the historical development of television programs and assessing the industrial, technological, and cultural systems out of which they emerged, the course will piece together the catalysts responsible for shaping this highly influential medium.
STV 30174: American Wilderness
M/W 9:30 – 10:45
How is a national park different from a national wilderness area, a city park, the lakes at Notre Dame, or your back yard? Why are some considered more wild than others, and why is wilderness such an attractive idea? Writers, historians, painters, photographers, and politicians have described American landscapes as wild to great effect, in concert with identities of gender, class, race, and nation. This class will explore how the idea of wilderness - and the places associated with that idea - have developed during the 19th and 20th centuries. We will examine how wilderness has supported the growth of a national identity but largely failed to recognize the diversity of the American people. Course themes include: 1) developing the wilderness idea; 2) national parks and the problem of wilderness; 3) wilderness experience and politics; and 4) wilderness narratives. Readings will range from Henry David Thoreau and John Muir to Edward Abbey and Jon Krakauer, and there will be a strong visual culture component. For their final project students will choose a wild place of their own to interpret.
STV 30201: Introduction to Clinical Ethics
M/W 2:00 – 3:15
The focus of the course will be an examination of the advances in medicine over the last 30 years that have challenged traditional values and ethical norms, and the institutional processes and procedures in place that facilitate decision-making in the health care setting. It will include a sketch of the most recent advances in the various fields of medicine, followed by an examination of the clinical and ethical questions they raise and how they have affected the physician-patient relationship.
STV 30320: Film & the Physician
Kathleen Kolberg & Gary Fromm
T/TH 3:30 - 4:45
This course will examine the representation of medicine in film, still art and texts. The point of view will be to examine the interdisciplinary arts, primarily film plus secondary readings of literary texts, with the goal of broadening the understanding of the lives of patients, families and providers for future health care professionals, particularly physicians. The goal is to heighten the awareness of the world surrounding medical encounters and encourage an open minded approach to people in medical need. Based on Cinemeducation training in medical schools and residency programs, topics examined include delivering bad news, end of life issues, medical malpractice, family dynamics, professionalism, cultural diversity, gender issues, grief, balance of professional and personal life and medical errors. Film clips will be introduced and reviewed with specific discussion points. Strong emphasis will be placed on group discussion, with four short papers, one discussion lead and a final paper.
STV 30641: Food, Work, & Power in US History
T/TH 9:30 – 10:45
This social and cultural history course explores the unpaid and paid work related to the production, processing, distribution, sale, serving, and clean-up of what Americans have eaten, from the colonial era to the present. Sites of investigation will include the farm and the factory, the kitchen table and the drive-through window, and everywhere Americans have worked to feed themselves or others. Close attention will be paid to gender and race as organizing features of the American food economy over the past four centuries.
STV 30856: The Economics of Global Health
M/W 9:30 – 10:45
This course is designed as an introduction to health issues in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). We will focus on empirical applications of microeconomic theory in health policy in LMICs. The main question will be: what can be done to help the world's poor to improve their health? The first part of the course will examine the relationship between health and development. The second part will cover these specific areas: Maternal and child health, Disease burden and Environmental concern.
STV 30900: Foundations of Sociological Theory
Mary Ellen Konieczny
T/TH 3:30 – 4:45
Sociological theory is the foundation of sociology. Students in this course will learn two things: first, what theorists do and why and, second, how to use fundamental theoretic concepts - such as exploitation and alienation, social structure and solidarity, bureaucracy and charisma - to analyze and explain contemporary society.
STV 30902: Methods Sociological Research
M/W/F 9:25 – 10:15
Sociology 30902 is designed to provide an overview of research methods in the social sciences. Topics covered include (1) hypothesis formulation and theory construction; (2) the measurement of sociological variables; and (3) data collection techniques - experimental, survey, and observational. At the end of the course, students should appreciate both the strengths and the limitations of sociological research methods.
STV 33103: Evolution of Health & Disease
This course explores evolutionary medicine with a special focus on the health and disease of humans throughout time. Using Darwinian and holistic perspectives, we will discuss how proximate causes (e.g. culture, technology, nutrition, environment, etc.) and ultimate causes (evolution), have shaped human health. We will apply evolutionary principles to help us better understand pathogen virulence, the emergence of epidemic infectious diseases, the rise of chronic non-communicable diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, hypertension), autoimmune diseases, changes to reproduction, and antibiotic resistance. Additionally, students will examine the influence of sanitation initiatives, vaccinations, healthcare, and social inequities, in rapidly changing human health outcomes in the modern era; we will also discuss the potential of these factors to influence future health disparities, disease ecology, and evolutionary outcomes. This course will incorporate evidence from genetics, biological anthropology, public health, evolutionary biology, and evolutionary medicine theoretical perspectives.*Requires that students have taken either a biological anthropology course or an introductory college level biology course to enroll
STV 33208: Global Visual Culture
W 12:30 – 3:15
Visual anthropology involves the cross-cultural study of images in communication and the use of images as a method for doing anthropology. This course proceeds through a non-linear integration of visual themes including water, earth, light, fire, flesh and blood with analytical themes including aesthetics, poetics, violence, history, materiality and subjectivity. We explore still photography, film, and popular media in domains from ethnography, social documentary, war photojournalism, to high art. Students watch, read and write about, and generate visual products of their own in multiple media.
STV 40221: Cybercrime and the Law
T/TH 11:00 – 12:15
Almost all crimes, or even human interactions, contain a digital component. The fact that "old" laws don't always fit "new" problems is no more apparent than in the area of cybercrimes. This course will include discussion of topics including: the methodology of typical cyber investigations, the application of the Fourth Amendment to digital evidence, and different types of cyber-specific laws enforced today. The course will also focus on the responses of both courts and legislators to the ever-evolving issues presented by computer crimes.
STV 40613: Media and Culture in Modern China
T/TH 11:00 – 12:15
Soon after modern printing technology was introduced by western missionaries in the 19th century, China developed an exciting new culture characterized by tremendous creativity and productivity, enthusiastic experimentation with media technologies, high-speed interaction between creators and users, and countless unique ways of mixing textual and visual material. Ranging from the pictorial magazines of the early twentieth century to the Internet sites of the early twenty-first century, China's modern culture has expressed and engaged with massive historical, social, and political changes, captured in writing and in images. This course takes students on a whirlwind tour of modern Chinese cultural expression in newspapers, magazines, posters, films, TV shows, websites, and social media, using original visual materials in addition to readings in English translation. The aim is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the main developments in modern Chinese culture, while training their ability to analyze different types of cultural products. At the end of the course, students will produce their own magazine issue or website, using visual and textual material to express their own critical opinions on the materials we studied.
STV 43026: Emotions in Medieval Culture
M/W 3:30 – 4:45
Are emotions universal spontaneous physical responses to stimulate? Or do cultural norms condition the kinds of emotions it is possible for us to experience? Is emotional expression a form of communication with others? Or does emotional performance shape what we ourselves feel? What role do emotions play in civic society and politics? What is the relationship between the emotions described in a text and those aroused in the reader? And it is possible to understand the emotions of the past? This course will survey a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of emotion and affect and test them on the medieval Latin West, focusing on vernacular literatures with forays into history, music, and art. All readings and class discussion will be in (modern) English.
STV 43120: Humans and Other Apes: a Modern Historical Survey from Scaliger to Peter Singer
M/W 3:30 – 4:45
A Modern Historical Survey from Scaliger to Peter Singer: One way to improve our understanding of ourselves is to compare ourselves with the animals who most resemble us, in informative, challenging and disturbing ways. In this course, we'll focus on the relationship that has done most to change human self-perceptions. With a focus on Western texts and experiences, but with reference to many other cultures, we'll focus on the problems of how and why human attitudes to other apes have changed since the Middle Ages, and how they have influenced thinking in science, religion, politics, sociology, literature, and ethics.
STV 43396: Environmental Justice
M 3:30 – 6:15
Environmental injustice (EIJ) refers to the fact that children, minorities, and poor people receive higher exposures to environmental toxins that damage their health and kill them. This course is designed to understand and to address EIJ, and it is for people interested in environmental problems and the social injustices that they cause. It will cover flaws in scientific method and in ethics that cause EIJ. Course is hands-on, practical, and dedicated to showing students how to do environment-related social-justice analysis and how to analyze environmental-impact assessments. Students choose individual projects on which to work, and these projects determine most of the course grade. These projects also are designed to help influence environmental policy or to serve the needs of specific pollution-threatened poor or minority communities. For more information, see the syllabus at www.nd.edu/~kshrader/courses/ Course Prerequisites: Instructor's permission required if student is not a philosophy, pre-med, science, math, or engineering major (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for course. Course Requirements: There are weekly quizzes; but no tests and no exams, 2 short, analytic papers; participation in classroom analysis, and one student-chosen project. Students each choose an EJ project on which to work, so that they can use techniques (learned in the course) to promote real-world social justice and improved use of scientific methods in specific poor or minority communities who are victimized by pollution. There are no exams. Course Texts include Peter Singer, One World; Shrader-Frechette, Environmental Justice; and a variety of articles from scientific and medical journals.
STV 43780: Narrative, Identity & Genetics
Jacquetta Page & Hugh Page
T/TH 2:00 – 3:15
The stories we tell about ourselves are determined by a number of factors. Such include information received from: family members and loved ones; the people with whom live and work; the various settings in which the warp and weft of our everyday lives unfold; memorabilia of various kinds; and personal data made available to us from public records and other sources. Consequently, the personal stories we create are never static. They are dynamic, radically mutable, and expand as we gain access to new materials. This class will explore the ways that our personal narratives are impacted by family lore, genealogical information, local histories, and - in recent years - genetic data. Through the media of Africana biographical and autobiographical writing, supplemented by the results of genetic testing, students will engage in the processes of both self-discovery and creative personal disclosure through expressive genres such as music, cinema, photography, performance / movement, poetry, memoir, and fiction. Students will leave the course with a deeper appreciation of the conventions governing these genres; their value in the process of self-discovery for people today; the ways they have contributed to the Africana imaginary globally; and experience utilizing them in the crafting - and refashioning - of personal narratives.