Undergraduate Classes

SCTS 200 Science in Society: Values, Ethics and Politics

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An interdisciplinary introduction to the ethical, social and political dimensions of science, technology and medicine examined through case studies and debates. Note: This course fulfills both a University CORE (Tier II, social/ behavioral sciences) and CHS General Education (Human, Social and Political Behavior) Requirement.

SCTS 300/GVPA 399/HIST 399 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An introduction to the study of science, technology and medicine from political, sociological and historical perspectives, focusing on case studies that illustrate the methods and theories used to examine the structure and behavior of the scientific community and the role of scientific knowledge in shaping public culture.

SCTS 301/ENGL 361 Illness Narratives

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV 200. An overview of the history, interpretations and practices of reading and writing illness narratives -- through case studies and theoretical perspectives, in fictionalized and nonfiction accounts, from the viewpoint of various actors (doctors, patients, patient families and their caregivers). Students will further examine the role of narrative knowledge in health care.

SCTS 305 Contemporary Issues in Stem Fields

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits. Examines contemporary topics in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)fields through the available public lecture events which take place on the VCU campus during a given semester. Lecture topics will very from semester to semester but all will discuss recent work and broader issues related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

HIST 391 Topics: Technology and Culture in History

Semester course: 3 lecture hours. 3 credit hours. A periodic survey of technological development in Europe and North America, which focuses on illustrative case studies from antiquity to the development of the internet. The course examines important themes in the history of technology, such as technological determinism, the construction and agency of technological systems, and the perception of technological developments as "progress." Case studies include Roman city design, medieval mills, the advent of printing and gunpowder, the first and second industrial revolutions, mass production and consumerism, the Manhattan Project, and the development of computers.

HIST 391 Topics: Science, Skepticism, and the Supernatural

Semester course; 3 lecture hours, 3 credit hours. This course explores modes of thought developed by European and American cultures as they attempted to make sense of experiences or events which were out of the ordinary and difficult to explain. The course proceeds chronologically from the Ancient Greeks through the present, and focuses on beliefs about the natural aned supernatural, how these categories have been defined and redefined historically among different cultures, and how conflicting views have illuminated debates about the nature of divinity, miracles, demons, witches, magic, alchemy, spiritualism, and aliens. Through analyzing these debates within their historical context, the course examines how historians should grapple with historical records that make supernatural claims, and what such records can tell us about past cultures.

HIST/SCTS 392, 393 Revolutions in Science

Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. A survey of the history of science from the ancient Greeks to the present, focusing on the development of scientific ideas, practices and institutions in Western society. First semester: to 1800. Second semester: 1800 to the present.

HIST/SCTS 397 Genetics and Society: 1865 to the Present

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An investigation of the science and technology of heredity in its historical, cultural and political contexts, emphasizing the ways in which genetic theories have been applied in attempting to solve social and biological problems.

HIST/SCTS 398 History of Medicine and Public Health

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. May be repeated with different thematic content for a maximum of 6 credits. Studies in selected topics in the history of medicine, medical science or public health. Includes introduction to the interdisciplinary approaches practiced in the history of medicine as well as the historical content and relevant analytical skills needed to examine the specific course theme. Recent themes include: Epidemics, Medicine, and Public Health; Women's Health; and Healing in Antiquity.


Graduate Classes

MATX 690/HIS 691 Seminar Intersections: Gender, Race, and Technology