This new track is conceived with the Graduate Center’s recent new initiative in mind to launch a Committee for Interdisciplinary Science Studies, which seeks to cultivate critical dialogue across conventional disciplinary divides. This track seeks to allow students to approach science and technology from a variety of perspectives through courses in diverse disciplines represented at the Graduate Center.
The two core courses proposed here will provide students with two different perspectives on science and technology studies. The first course, Narratives of Science and Technology: Literature and the Visual Arts, will emphasize how science and technology have been portrayed in literature, film, and the arts generally, and how each reflects the social understanding of the science and technology of the times in which the works to be studied were written, filmed, or created. The second course, Social Impacts of Science and Technology: Case Studies, will provide students with a necessary foundation in Science Studies generally, focusing on examples of science and technology in different contexts from semester to semester. The first such offering will provide a general overview of the history of science and technology from the Renaissance to the present, including a case study that emphasizes the development and impact of science and technology in China. It is hoped that this course will involve students from the Graduate Center, as well as students in the Institute for History of Science and Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, as a course team-taught by professors from both institutions.
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