STS

Information, Technology, Ethics, and Policy

The evolution of the internet and other information technologies and the related policies and regulations that have emerged both internationally and nationally (in the United States). The tensions surrounding the access to information and the controversies about content, such as issues of free speech. Includes an internet monitoring project designed to encourage in-depth analysis in order to place technology policy in their historical evolution and context. Explores the contemporary political and social impacts of the internet and other information technologies. Instructor: Rogerson.

Information, Ethics and Policy

The development of the Internet and other technologies as media of communication and the politics, policies and regulations that have emerged both internationally and nationally. The political aspects of the access to information on the Internet and other technologies and the more controversial issue of content.

Theory and Practice of National Security

In-depth look at the theoretical and empirical literature explaining how states seek to guarantee their national security. Topics include: grand strategy, nuclear deterrence and warfighting, coercive diplomacy, military intervention, decisions for war, and civil-military relations. Special attention paid to U.S. national security during and after the Cold War. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.

Media and Social Change

Media perform crucial connecting links between civil society and leadership. Authoritarian regimes or single-party states seeking to suppress formation of civil society can be changed drastically when media use changes. This course will examine why and how such processes can take place, focusing on Russia, Eastern Europe, and other cases, such as China. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in Policy Journalism and Media Studies.

The Regulatory Process

Study of theories in economics, political science, and law to examine the structure, conduct, and performance of U.S. regulatory agencies. Emphasis on why decisions are delegated to agencies, the degree to which regulators behave strategically, and the impact of regulatory actions on society. Focus on political and economic roots of scientific and technological debates in regulatory policy. Required research paper on origins and effectiveness of a particular regulation. One course / 3 units.

Course originates in Public Policy.

International Environmental Regimes

Law, politics, and institutional design of international regimes created among nations to cope with environmental problems. Includes study of particular conventions and treaties (for example, acid rain, ozone, carbon reduction, biodiversity, Antarctica, regional seas, ocean dumping), and the environmental implications of international trade rules and regimes (for example, GATT). One course / 3 units.

Post War Europe, 1945-1968: Politics, Society, and Culture

Politics, society and culture in Western Europe during the postwar years focusing on Cold War culture, liberalism and intellectual life. "East" and "West" during the Cold War: A comparative examination of Western European societies' and movements' responses to communism, highlighting debates on the morality of socialism and capitalism and on liberty, historical determinism, and individual responsibility.

International Conflict and Violence

The various causes, processes and impacts of violent international and domestic social conflicts in international affairs. Emphasis on analyzing various factors that contribute to violence, including the impact of scientific and technological developments on war and the ethical arguments and beliefs associated with war making in different cultures. Analysis of those factors in various cultures that hinder or contribute to peace making and peace keeping following the termination of war. One course.

International Security

Same as POLSCI 362 except instruction is provided in two lectures and one small discussion meeting each week. The various causes, processes and impacts of international conflict in contemporary international affairs. Factors that contribute to conflict, including the impact of scientific and technological developments on war and the ethical arguments and beliefs associated with war making. Contemporary and future threats to international security. One course.

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