and Technology Studies (STS)
NOTE: Not all courses
listed are offered each year. Please consult with the coordinator for
more information about current and planned course offerings.
Science and technology play such a major role in our society and throughout
the world that a person cannot be considered well-educated without possessing
substantial knowledge about these subjects and the roles they play in
such areas as the environment, medicine, disease, agriculture, cities,
transportation and many others. Science and technology develop in a
societal context. They both shape society and are shaped by that society.
Whenever new scientific theories or new kinds of technology emerge,
ethical issues inevitably arise. In addition, different cultures and
different religious traditions have wide-ranging attitudes toward science
and technology. This means there exists a role for students in the social
sciences and humanities to play in debates over the value of new technology
or new scientific theories.
The Goals of a Liberal Education as set out in the St. Thomas calendar
includes the goal that students acquire a breadth of knowledge and depth
of understanding. The value of a liberal education includes the ability
to participate in the improvement of society by engaging in reasoned
debate over important issues. For thousands of years, the original Seven
Liberal Arts included science and mathematics. Students in the humanities
and social sciences need some meaningful exposure to science and technology.
Ideally, this means not just basic scientific literacy and exposure
to basic science courses, but also exposure to science and technology
specifically from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences.
1003. Introduction to Scientific Reasoning
This course introduces students to key elements in the conceptual framework
of science such as theories, mathematical models, hypotheses, predictions,
and testing. Topics will include how scientists derive numerical predictions
from mathematical models, the role played by experiments in selecting
theories, how science develops over time, and the role of values in
scientific research. Students will be exposed to the widest possible
range of "case studies" drawn from both the social and physical
sciences. Readings will include journal articles. The course will prepare
students to better understand and evaluate scientific and mathematical
information contained in news reports, magazines, science journals,
and other courses. 3 credit hours.
1103. Science, Technology, and the Environment I
This course is an introduction to the social and environmental problems
raised by science and technology. Specific topics may vary from section
to section. Past topics have included the human genome project, the
effects of pollution and human development on bird migration, the effectiveness
of the polygraph as it is used to detect lies, and the nature of scientific
research in the Antarctic. The aim of this course is to prepare students
to enter into debate over key issues by introducing them to the scientific
research and mathematical models relevant to each topic. 3 credit hours.
2103. Science, Technology, and the Environment II
This course is designed to introduce students to social and environmental
problems raised by science and technology. Specific topics may vary
from section to section. Past topics have included the genetic basis
for human intelligence, new reproductive technologies, and the politics
of fisheries science. The aim of this course is to prepare students
to enter into debate over key issues by introducing them to the scientific
research and the mathematical models relevant to each topic. Note: students
may take STS 2103 without having STS 1103. The main difference is that
the subject matter and readings in STS 2103 are more technically and
challenging than those in STS 1103. 3 credit hours.
2163. Contemporary Perspectives on Science and Religion (RELG)
This course examines the recent debates over the relation between science
and religion. The last five years of the 20th Century have seen a resurgence
of interest in this relation. This has been sparked by developments
in the sciences, particularly in physics and genetics, as well as by
a newly-emerging understanding of what science is. The central questions
include whether science and religion are compatible and whether recent
developments in the sciences give new answers to religious and theological
questions. Readings will represent all sides of these debates.
2403. Magic, Science, and Religion
This course examines the shifting relationships among three different
ways of viewing the world: magical, religious, and scientific. The historical
roots of these three world views are examined to see whether the boundaries
between them are distinct and whether there has been a natural progression
from one to the other. 3 credit hours.
2503. A History of Disease
This course studies the impact of disease outbreaks on human populations
and on economic, social, intellectual, religious, and political aspects
of life from ancient times to the present. 3 credit hours.
2603. Animals: Rights, Consciousness, and Experimentation
This course is an introduction to the scientific, legal, philosophical,
and political debates over animal rights, animal consciousness, and
animal experimentation. 3 credit hours.
3003. Feminist Critiques of Science (GEND)
This course is an introduction to the feminist literature on science,
technology, and mathematics. Topics will include the possibility that
a new science based on feminist principles might be qualitatively different
from modern science. Related topics include the role played by values
in science, the relation between "pure" scientific research
and technology (especially military technology), the possibility that
there might be a feminist alternative to classical mathematics and logic,
and whether young women and men with feminist beliefs should be encouraged
to become scientists (given the close connection between science and
Readings will represent a range of different feminist perspectives on
each of these questions, and we will examine the arguments for and against
each of these views. 3 credit hours.
3533. Science and Scientific Knowledge (SOCI 3533)
This course examines the study of science and scientific knowledge from
a sociological perspective. It focuses on the effort of the Edinburgh
School to provide a materialist resolution to the debate between positivist
and relativist epistemologies. 3 credit hours.
3563. Philosophy of Science (PHIL)
This course will examine science from the perspective of philosophy.
Topics will include the historical relation between science and philosophy,
the differences between the social and the physical sciences, the nature
of scientific change in history, the role of values in science, the
reality of 'theoretical' objects of science, and feminist alternatives
to traditional scientific research. Examples will be drawn from both
the physical and the social sciences. 3 credit hours.
Science courses can also be used toward the Minor, Major and Honours
in Science and Technology Studies. In addition to the courses listed
above, the following courses have been deemed appropriate for Science
and Technology Studies. Students may apply more than one methods course
toward their Major or Honours Programme only with appropriate approval.
ANTH 2303 Introduction to Archaelogy
ANTH 2443 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 2803 Readings in Anthropological Theory
ANTH 3433 Anthroplology and Genetics
ANTH 3913 Research Methods
CRIM 3006 Criminological Theory
CRIM 3106 Research Methods in Criminology
ECON 2203 Community Economic Development
ECON 2313 Multinational Corporations and Trade
ECON 3323 Environmental Economics
ECON 3423 Industrial Relations and Collective Bargaining
ECON 3453 Labour Economics
HIST 2003 The Nature of History
MATH 1103 Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
MATH 2513 Introduction to Logic (PHIL 2513)
NATI 2503 Research Strategies in Native Studies
PHIL 2513 Introduction to Logic
PSYC 2006 Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSYC 3606 Principles and Theories of Counseling and
RELG 3513 Bioethics
RELG 3523 Environmental Ethics
RELG 3583 Media and Ethics
SOCI 2013 Research Methods
SOCI 3013 Classicial Sociological Theory
SOCI 3023 Modern Sociological Theory
SOCI 3523 Sociology of Knowledge
In addition to these courses, there will be a list of STS (Science and
Technology Studies) courses offered regularly in the STS Programme.
However, this list is not yet available at the time of printing the
paper calendar for 2005-2006.
The University of New Brunswick offers a number of courses in the area
of Science and Technology Studies which are not available at St. Thomas.
Students at St. Thomas who wish to complete an Interdisciplinary Studies
Major or Honours in this area are eligible to take these course with
appropriate approval. Other courses in biology, physics, chemistry,
and geology are available on the UNB campus. Approval of the registrar
is required in each instance.
All science courses that St. Thomas University students elect to take
in the BA Programme are UNB courses. The following four courses are
offered on the St. Thomas campus:
BIOL 1551. Principles of Biology, Part I
Part I deals with cell structure and function, nutrition, metabolism,
classical and molecular genetics and reproduction. Designed for students
in the Faculties of Education, Kinesiology and those students in the
Faculty of Arts not planning on majoring in Biology. A background knowledge
of elementary chemistry is recommended. Note: Credit cannot be obtained
for both BIOL 1001 and 1551. 3 credit hours.
BIOL 1552. Principles of Biology, Part II
Surveys the structure, function and evolution of selected plants and
animals, and includes discussions of the origin of life, ecosystems
and ecological interactions. Students in Science and students majoring
in Biology should take BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1012. Note: Credit can be
obtained for only one of BIOL 1001 or 1551. 3 credit hours.
CHEM 1553. Hitchhikers Guide to Chemistry
This course is intended for Arts or other students no in Science and
Engineering and who have little or no chemistry background. The course
will cover the basic principles and concepts of atoms and molecules,
chemical bonding, acids and bases, and organic compounds. The material
will be applied to the understanding of everyday chemistry including
proteins, carbohydrates, polymers, acid rain, etc. This course cannot
be used as a substitute for any other firstlevel Chemistry course. 3
PHYS 2513. Physics for Poets
Not open to students registered in Science, Engineering or Computer
Science. This course requires no previous exposure to physics and uses
no mathematics beyond high school algebra and geometry. Topics include
physics at the seashore, in the city, from a mountain top, from an airlane
window, physics of music, physics of sport, physics and the environment,
energy and transportation, the physics of life, form and function of
animals, relativity, cosmology. 3 credit hours.