Understand Relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences (STAS)

C.P. Snow wrote in 1959 about the Two Cultures, scientists and non-scientists, that were becoming increasingly distrusted by each other in the mid-20th century, and that the breakdown of communication between them was a major hindrance to solving the world’s problems. Now in the 21st century, the misunderstandings that can result when either of these two cultures dismisses the “other” are even more dangerous to society.   Non-scientists need to be able to read about issues related to nuclear energy or global warning or species extinction or internet security and to know enough to make well-informed decisions about such issues. Scientists need to recognize that their work has societal implications, positive and negative, that must be part of a scientist’s complete education. Computer technology, for example, has “democratized” the arts; new, easier and widely available tools have led to an explosion of artistic expression, but have also raised new questions about how one critically evaluates the creative use of technology.

Learning Outcomes for “Understand relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences (STAS)”
1. Apply concepts and tools drawn from any field of study in order to understand the links between science or technology and the arts, humanities or social sciences.
2. Synthesize quantitative and/or technical information and qualitative information to make informed judgments about the reciprocal relationship between science or technology and the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Standards for “Understand Relationships between Science or Technology and the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences (STAS)”
1. A certified course shall fulfill both learning outcomes. Certified courses will devote significant time to consideration of the consequences of science or technology for social, economic, ethical, moral, political, artistic, and/or other domains of experience.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the STAS category.

  • AAS 221 China: Science and Civilization
  • AAS 352 Environmental History of China
  • ANP 220 Controversies in Human Biology and Behavior
  • ANP 360 Primate Conservation
  • ANT 290 Science and Technology in Ancient Society
  • ARS 327 Theory and Practice of Digital Arts: Web Art, Design, and Culture
  • AST 248 The Search for Life in the Universe
  • AST 301 Collisions in the Solar System
  • AST 389 Science Fiction
  • ATM 237 Current Topics in World Climate and Atmosphere
  • BIO 208 Cell, Brain, Mind
  • BIO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as SPK)
  • BIO 350 Darwinian Medicine
  • BIO 358 Biology and Human Social and Sexual Behavior
  • BME 303 Biomechanics
  • BME 304 Genetic Engineering
  • CCS 313 Television Studies
  • CCS 395 Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • CCS 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • CHE 310 Chemistry in Technology and the Environment
  • CME 201 Sustainable Energy - Evaluating the Options
  • CSE 301 History of Computing
  • CWL 325 Forms of Science Writing
  • DIA 396 Video and Computer Game History
  • DIA 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
  • ECO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as SPK)
  • ECO 373 Economics of Environment and Natural Resources
  • EEO 302 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact
  • EGL 389 Science Fiction
  • EHI 321 Human Reproductive Ecology
  • EHI 340 Ecological and Social Dimensions of Disease
  • EHI 342 Materials in the Natural and Human World
  • EHI 343 Sustainable Natural Resources
  • ENS 301 Contemporary Environmental Issues and Policies
  • ENS 312 Population, Technology, and the Environment
  • ENV 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as SPK)
  • ENV 304 Global Environmental Change
  • ENV 310 Sustainability and Renewable Energy - Costa Rica
  • ENV 320 Chemistry for Environmental Scientists
  • ESE 301 Engineering Ethics and Societal Impact
  • ESG 201 Learning from Disasters
  • ESG 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as SPK)
  • EST 201 Technological Trends in Society
  • EST 291 Energy, Environment, and People
  • EST 320 Communication Technology Systems
  • EST 325 Technology in the Workplace
  • EST 330 Natural Disasters: Societal Impacts and Technological Solutions
  • EST 391 Technology Assessment
  • GEO 301 Sustainability of the Long Island Pine Barrens (also certified as SPK)
  • GEO 304 Energy, Mineral Resources, and the Environment
  • GEO 307 Global Environmental Change
  • GEO 311 Geoscience and Global Concerns
  • GEO 313 Understanding Water Resources for the 21st Century
  • HIS 237 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Western Civilization I
  • HIS 238 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Western Civilization II
  • HIS 281 Global History and Geography
  • HIS 302 Environmental History in Global Perspective
  • HIS 352 Environmental History of China
  • HIS 394 Topics in History of Medicine and Reproduction
  • HIS 398 Topics in History of Science and Technology
  • HNI 455 Adult and Gerontological Health Nursing I
  • HON 301 Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Society (also certified as CER)
  • ISE 301 History of Computing
  • LSE 310 Current Issues in Science and Engineering
  • LSE 320 Future Trends in Science and Engineering
  • MAR 315 Marine Conservation
  • MAR 340 Environmental Problems and Solutions
  • MAR 392 Waste Management Issues
  • MAR 394 Environmental Toxicology and Public Health
  • MAT 336 History of Mathematics
  • MEC 280 Pollution and Human Health
  • MUS 300 Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • PHI 268 Science, Technology, and Society
  • PHI 364 Philosophy of Technology (III)
  • PHI 365 Philosophy and Computers (III)
  • PHI 368 Philosophy of Science (III)
  • PHI 382 The Quantum Moment: Quantum Mechanics in Philosophy, Culture, and Life (III)
  • PHY 237 Current Topics in World Climate and Atmosphere
  • PHY 313 Mystery of Matter
  • PHY 382 The Quantum Moment: Quantum Mechanics in Philosophy, Culture, and Life (III)
  • POL 411 Science, Technology, and Arms Control
  • SBC 311 Disasters and Society: A Global Perspective
  • SOC 315 Sociology of Technology
  • SOC 340 Sociology of Human Reproduction
  • SOC 355 Social World of Humans and Animals
  • SOC 395 Topics in Science, Technology, and Society
  • SUS 307 Environmental Economics and Management
  • SUS 341 Environmental Treaties and Protocols
  • SUS 342 Energy and Mineral Resources
  • WSE 242 Society and Gender in Science and Engineering
  • WST 340 Sociology of Human Reproduction
  • WST 392 Special Topics in Women and Science
  • WST 394 Special Topics in Medicine, Reproduction, and Gender

 

 

 

 

 

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