Sustainability Education - 4 credits (STSS 4280) Fortun/ STAFF MR 4:00 - 5:50 pm W 9 - 11:50 am
This course examines needs for and challenges of delivering environmental education in different settings. Students critically review existing environmental education curricula then design and deliver their own to K-12 students. The history of public education in the United States, factors shaping contemporary education, various approaches to environmental education, and the complex challenge of interdisciplinary curriculum design are examined. Students in the course develop and demonstrate their own educational and environmental values.


Science, Technology, & Society – 4cr., ci, SUST(STSH/S1110) Breyman TF 2-3:50PM
An introduction to the social, historical, and ethical influences on modern science and technology. Cases include development of the atomic bomb, mechanization of the workplace, Apollo space program, and others. Readings are drawn from history, fiction, and social sciences; films and documentary videos highlight questions about the application of scientific knowledge to human affairs. The class is designed to give students freedom to develop and express their own ideas.


Design, Culture and Society – 4 cr., ci(STSS2210 Winner MR 10:00-11:50AM This course allows students to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between design, culture, and society. 'Design' is defined broadly, touching on product/industrial design, urban design, and so-called alternative design approaches such as ecological and feminist design. Restricted to DIS majors.


Environment & Society – 4cr.,ci, SUST(STSH/2300) Costelloe TF 12:00 -1:50PM
Society and the natural environment are crucially linked in a number of ways. Environmental problems such as pollution and natural resource depletion are not only problems for society, affecting the way we live our lives; they are also problems of society—the result of patterns of social organization and social practices. In this course, we will explore these society/environment interactions at various levels, from the local to the global, using the concepts and insights of environmental sociology. Environmental sociologists aim to understand the social origins of environmental problems and propose workable solutions to them. By showing how social interaction, institutions, and beliefs shape human behavior, environmental sociology provides a useful complement to the natural sciences in the analysis of the environmental problems faced today.

Reading in STSS – 4cr., ci, TBA Staff
With an individual faculty member on an agreed-upon topic.


Food, Farms & Famine– 4cr.,ci, SUST(STSH/4260) Kinchy TF 10:00 -11:50
This course provides students with a wide-ranging understanding of the environmental and social context of food, agriculture, and hunger. Drawing primarily on sociological concepts and research, the class will take a “food systems” approach, analyzing food as it travels from farm to table as part of an interconnected process. Students will examine why we eat the way we do and how our food choices affect other people and the environment.

Sustainability Education – 4cr., m, SUST (STSS4280) Fortun MR 4:00-5:50PM What knowledge and thought styles are needed to advance environmental sustainability? How can educators cultivate the kind of knowledge and thinking needed? How can sustainability educators reach kids of different ages, and different kinds of communities? This course will examine these questions through review of varied ways environmental education can be conceptualized and delivered. The course will also provide opportunities for creative development of educational materials and outreach. Prerequisite, one STS or IHSS course with SUST focus.


21st Century Risks– 4cr., SUST (STSH4330) Woodhouse TF 2:00-3:50PM
This course covers two main types of technological risk: (1) innovating in ways that endanger health, quality of life, environment, or other goals; and (2) failing to pursue innovations that people need. Some understanding of the technical details is a prerequisite for making sense of emerging technologies, but the course focuses more on media, public opinion, political decision making, technologists’ incentives, and other social issues. This is a communication-intensive course.


Environmental Politics & Policy – 4cr., SUST (STSH4370, STSS6960) Breyman TF 10:00-11:50AM
A highly interactive introduction to environmental politics and policy in the United States. Major themes include the background and context of environmental politics and policy, the policy-making process, environmental issues selected and reported on by students, the varieties of environmentalism, and environmental ethics.


Globalization & Development – 4cr., SUST (STSH4500) MR 2:00-3:50PM
This course surveys the actors, processes, and proposed solutions to the problems of environment and development. The theory and practice of three main themes are explored: the background and context of environment in North and South; politics and economic development in the south; and the problems and prospects for sustainable societies in North and South.


Self-Organization in Science & Society – 4cr., SUST (STSH4580) Eglash MR 12-1:50PM
Self-organization has become an increasingly important phenomenon in both the natural sciences and engineering. Self-assembly of molecular structure is critical to nanotechnology; self-regulating ecosystems are modeled in biology, and so on. But recursive loops in which things govern themselves are also foundational to society: democracy is the people governing the people; social networks on the internet arise by self-assembly, and many indigenous societies use self-organization to create sustainable ways of life. This course will introduce students to models of self-organization in natural science and engineering, and examine their potential application to society, politics, and ethics.


PDI Studio VI – 4cr., SUST (STSH4610, ENGR4610) Nieusma MR 2:00-4:50PM
The sixth design studio for non-engineering majors participating in the interdisciplinary Programs in Design and Innovation, this course introduces students to organizational dimensions of new concept design, development and dissemination, including entrepreneurship, organization planning, product management, and branding and marketing. The course requires students to synthesize social, technical, business, and formal concerns in the design of innovation objects, environments, or systems.


Public Service Internship - 4cr. (STSH/S4800) Woodhouse TF 4:00-5:50 PM
This course offers an insight into the public policy process from the vantage point of a part-time internship in the public or private sector as well as an opportunity to explore a career option before actually embarking upon it. The following is a partial list of the large number of possible internships: airport planning, architecture, banking, biological research, clinical psychology, computer science, consumer protection, corporate management, engineering, environmental planning, geology, local government, mate- rials and mechanical engineering, noise pollution abatement, personnel management review, premedical, public finance and taxation, public health management, public relations, social work, state legislature, stock market, transportation planning, and urban planning. Prerequisites: STSH-1110/STSS- 1110 or permission of instructor.


Reading in STSS – 4cr., SUST (STSH4940) Staff, TBA
With an individual faculty member on an agreed-upon topic.


STS Research Methods (Survey)– 4/3cr., SUST (STSH4960/STSS6110) Mascarenhas TF 2:00-3:50PM
This course offers an overview of social science techniques and research design and logistics and approaches widely used in STS.


Topics in Economic Policy – 4cr., SUST (STSH4962, ECON 4961) Gowdy TF 2:00 - 3:50PM

This course will apply economic theory to an examination of current economic events and crises. The emphasis will be on U.S. issues but issues such as globalization and its impacts will also be considered. Topics considered are health care, GDP and well-being, inequality, climate change, and economic development. A previous course in Principles of Economics would be useful but is not required. The course will emphasize student participation and hands-on development of economic policy recommendations. Pre Req: ECON 1200 (Meets with STSS 496X)

Sciences of Sustainability – 4cr., SUST (STSH4963) Fortun MR 10:00 - 11:50AM

Sustainability Careers – 4cr., SUST (STSH4964) Costelloe MR 10:00 - 11:50AMAdvancing environmental sustainability will depend on many kinds of expertise. In this course, students will explore the evolving terrain of green jobs, and diverse sustainability-oriented career pathways they could purse that leverage the expertise they have developed through their undergraduate studies. The course provide students the opportunity to conduct sustained research that examines where sustainability-oriented work is being done, and how people with varied expertise are making a contribution.

Environmental and Resource Economics– 4cr., SUST (ECON4260) Gowdy T/F 10:00-11:50AM
Introduces students to the basic analytical approaches to environmental issues and natural resource use. Emphasis is on economic valuation and public policy. Covers traditional approaches based on assumptions of economic rationality and market efficiency as well as current approaches from the fields of environmental science behavioral economics. Emphasis is on active student participation and examination of current environmental controversies. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 or equivalent or permission of instructor.


Senior Project – 4cr., ci, SUST (STSH/S4980) Malazita W 4-5:50PM
This class is designed to support the development of STS senior thesis projects. Independent research supervised by a faculty member, culminating in a written thesis. A creative endeavor such as a videotape or computer program may be substituted with departmental permission. This is a communication-intensive course. Restricted to STS0, SUST AND DIS majors with senior standing.


Technology Studies – 3cr., SUST (STSH6040) Winner M 6:00 - 8:50PMThe seminar examines interactions between technology and society from the vantage point of the various disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives that have contributed to technology studies. The texts, theories, and arguments that were important for the historical development of the field are covered, as well as contemporary issues. The seminar provides the resources and develops the skill needed for understanding, criticizing, constructing, and developing research in the field.

Research Methods – 3cr., SUST (STSH6110) Mascarenhas TF 2:00 - 3:50PM
This course offers an overview of social science techniques and research design and logistics and approaches widely used in STS.


Advanced Research Methods STS – 3cr., SUST (STSH6120) Fortun R 10:00 - 12:50PM
This course provides a foundation for professional-level research in science and technology studies. Through group research exercises, students explore the intersection between research issues (ethics, reliability, validity, quantification) and types of observation.


Reading in STSS– 3cr., SUST (STSH6940) Staff, TBAWith an individual faculty member on an agreed-upon topic.

Environmental Politics & Policy – 3cr., SUST (STSH4370, STSS6960) Breyman TF 10:00-11:50AM

Generative Justice – 3cr., SUST (STSH6961) Eglash F 10:00 - 12:50PM

Writing Practicum - 1cr.SUST (STSH6962) Nieusma M 10:00 - 10:50AM
Set writing goals, complete a writing project, and exchange constructive feedback on works in progress. Students enrolled in this course are expected to make consistent progress toward their own writing goals and will receive peer review at various stages of their writing. Enrolled students are also expected to provide peer review for about two papers each month. Restricted to STS graduate students.

Teaching Practicum - 1cr., SUST (STSH6963) Nieusma M 11:00 - 11:50 PM
In this course, students will explore a variety of approaches to teaching STS and will exchange constructive feedback on lesson plans, classroom management strategies, grading techniques, teaching statements, syllabus design, and other key issues related to effective pedagogy in traditional and non-traditional course settings. Restricted to STS graduate students.



Presentation W Practicum - 1cr., SUST (STSH6964) Nieusma W 11:30- 12:20 PM
Students in this course will participate in the weekly STS Brown Bag seminar series. Students are expected to attend the seminar weekly, give one research presentation, and provide constructive feedback on other presentations over the semester. Restricted to STS graduate students.


Sciences of Sustainability – 3cr., SUST (STSH6967) Fortun MR 10:00 - 11:50AM