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    Vassar College
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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STS 202 - History of Modern Science and Technology

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
This course is a survey of major developments in Western science and technology from 1800 to the present with increased attention to contemporary developments in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Major issues include the rise of weapons ammunition (automatic firearms), viral immunization (HIV/AIDS), the human sciences (Darwinism), reproductive technology (birth control), cybernetics (AI), and genetic manipulation (cloning). These topics are discussed in relation to larger processes of colonialism, militarism, higher education, and queer/women’s rights. Students will learn from this course that science and technology are phenomena rooted in historical events, emerging through human exchange, social controversies, and political challenges. Long Bui.

Prerequisite(s): one unit of natural or social science.

Two 75-minute periods.



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