STS Clusters

The following clusters are provided to guide potential STS minors and majors to the classes which will most likely interest them. Final selection of classes for minors and majors should be made in consultation with the STS Undergraduate Officer.


Biomedicine and Society

Biomedicine and related fields play an increasing role in economic, political, and personal life. These STS subjects consider the social relevance of biomedicine from historical and contemporary perspectives: How does biomedicine reflect and reshape its social, economic, and political contexts? How does it affect individual lives, and what ethical questions does it raise?

Related Subjects:
STS.006J Bioethics
STS.010 Neuroscience &Society
STS.046J The Science of Race, Sex, & Gender
STS.060J The Anthropology of Biology
STS.062J Drugs, Politics, & Culture
STS.089 Technology and Innovation in Africa
STS.330J History & Anthropology of Medicine & Biology (graduate-level)
STS.449J Introduction to Global Medicine (graduate-level)

Science in History

Scientific knowledge often appears to rise above context. Despite this appearance of universality, scientific ideas and practices often bear the marks of time and place. STS subjects in this track examine science from many angles -- political, cultural, economic, institutional, intellectual, and more -- that shape what count as appropriate topics for scientific study and what methods are deemed reliable for their investigation.

Related Subjects:
STS.003 The Rise of Modern Science
STS.010 Neuroscience & Society
STS.042J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century
STS.043 Technology & Self: Science, Technology, and Memoir
STS.046J The Science of Race, Sex, & Gender
STS.056 Science on Screen
STS.060J The Anthropology of Biology
STS.074J Art, Craft, Science
STS.082J Science, Technology, & Public Policy
STS.087 Biography in Science
STS.310 History of Science (graduate-level)
STS.330J History & Anthropology of Medicine & Biology (graduate-level)

Technology, Media, and Human Experience

The implications of living in a "technological world" are deeply personal as well as widely social. The STS curriculum explores these implications by considering the ways we use diverse technologies and media to communicate creatively and imaginatively, and how at the same time these technologies and media shape and transform our experience of the world.

Related Subjects:
STS.001 Technology in American History
STS.007 Technology in History
STS.008 Technology & Experience
STS.034 Science Communication: A Practical Guide
STS.043 Technology & Self: Science, Technology, & Memoir
STS.044 Technology & Self: Things & Thinking
STS.056 Science on Screen
STS.074J Art, Craft, Science
STS.075J Technology & Culture
STS.087 Biography in Science

Social Implications of Engineering

Studies the ways engineering is shaped by, and in turn shapes, the social and political worlds. Focus on the professional formation of engineering, ethical dilemmas and political action within the profession, and the processes of design, fabrication, and operation of technological systems within their social contexts.

Related Subjects:
STS.001 Technology in American History
STS.007 Technology in History
STS.008 Technology & Experience
STS.025J Making the Modern World: The Industrial Revolution in Global Perspective
STS.027J The Civil War and the Emergence of Modern America: 1861-1890
STS.029J The Civil War and Reconstruction
STS.044 Technology & Self: Things & Thinking
STS.050 The History of MIT
STS.082J Science, Technology, & Public Policy
STS.340 Introduction to the History of Technology (graduate-level)
STS.462 Social & Political Implications of Technology (graduate-level)
STS.471J Engineering Apollo: The Moon Project as a Complex System (graduate-level)

Ethics and Policy in a Global Age

Subjects in this cluster explore a wide variety of themes in policy and ethics including law, globalization, development, environment, climate, nature, energy, military, weaponry, warfare, economics and finance.

Related Subjects:
STS.006J Bioethics
STS.010 Neuroscience &Society
STS.032 Energy, Environment, & Society
STS.072J Nuclear Forces & Missile Defenses
STS.076J Technology & Policy of Weapons Systems
STS.082J Science, Technology, & Public Policy
STS.085 Ethics & the Law on the Electronic Frontier
STS.089 Technology and Innovation in Africa

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