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Society, Technology and Values



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STV 100 F,W,S 0.5
Society, Technology and Values: Introduction
This course examines the interaction of the technologies developed by a culture with the values and social organization of that culture. The course exposes students to various definitions of society, technology and values, and it presents alternative views about how the three interact. These views are then applied to a number of spheres of influence, including patterns of employment and the role of work; medicine and health; polity and economy; sustainable development and the environment.
Prereq: None

STV 201A-Z 0.5
Society, Technology and Values: Special Topics
Study of the interaction of society, technology and values in a particular topic area under tutorial guidance by visiting or adjunct faculty.
Prereq: STV 100 or 202 or instructor's consent

STV 202 F,W 0.5
Design and Society
The course uses design as a vehicle for examining technology and society interaction. The meaning of design will be discussed, including what contributes to good design and how to evaluate design from a societal and values perspective. Areas discussed include disability, inherently safe design, designing better engineers and other professionals, risk communications, third world issues, approaches to management and environmental issues. The overriding purpose of this course is to (a) develop an ability to see through the eyes of others and promote thinking about technology in terms of users as well as producers or creators, (b) develop critical thinking skills and (c) present design as an activity involving societal and value concerns rather than a purely technical matter.
Prereq: None

STV 204 F,W 0.5
Society, Technology and Risk
Risk is unavoidable. However, there are choices in the types and amounts of risks that are acceptable to an individual, institution or society. Whether it is electronic information systems, food and water quality, hazardous waste sitings or biotechnology, professionals and managers are increasingly required to make choices about risk and, more importantly, to explain these decisions to diverse audiences. But not everyone looks at risk in the same way. Students will be introduced to a conceptual understanding of risk assessment methodologies and limitations, risk management and risk communication, and will examine how and why such decisions are made and perceived.
Prereq: None

STV 302 F 0.5
Society, Technology and Development
The concept and implementation of development is used to help students further their understanding of how technology, society and values interact and to promote critical awareness of how decisions are made. The course will introduce students to the benefit of and problems in doing truly interdisciplinary work. Development is treated as a global phenomenon but major emhasis is placed on change in less developed nations.
Prereq: A previous STV course or consent of instructor

STV 400 F,W,S 0.5
Society, Technology and Values:
Senior Project An independent, supervised research project related to the interaction of society, technology and values. Projects may take any format that demonstrates scholarly merit. Formats may include essays, impact studies, designs, computer software, or other media. Students are responsible for proposing suitable projects and are encouraged to seek faculty advice on plausible topics.
Prereq: STV 100 or 202 and registration in the STV Option, normally at the fourth-year level

STV 401A-Z 0.5
Society, Technology and Values: Advanced Topics
Advanced study of the interaction of society, technology and values in a particular topic area under tutorial guidance by visiting or adjunct faculty.
Prereq: STV 100 or 202 or instructor's consent

STV 402 W 0.5
Technology and Canadian Society
Technology is presented as a fundamental part of Canada and Canadian society from the years predating sustained European contact to the present. An examination of selected topics will lead to a better appreciation of the roles of technology and engineering in defining and expressing Canada. The course will introduce and examine some of the principles, patterns, factors, choices and consequences of the mutual interaction between technology, engineering and society.
Intended for third- and fourth-year students

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