UVa Course Catalog (Unofficial, Lou's List)
Complete Catalog for the Science, Technology and Society Department    
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These pages present data mined from the University of Virginia's student information system (SIS). I hope that you will find them useful. — Lou Bloomfield, Department of Physics
Science, Technology, and Society
STS 1499Introduction to Technical Communications for Non-Native Speakers (3)
Instruction in communication for students whose first language is not English. Specialized instruction in academic/content area communication as well as personal expression in a variety of settings will enable students to complete academic programs in a more efficient and timely manner. After completion of this course, students must complete STS 1500 by the end of their first year of residency in SEAS. May be counted as an unrestricted elective.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
STS 1500Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues (3)
Fall 2020
This course introduces students to contemporary issues involving science, technology, and engineering as well as the core ideas of STS. Emphasis is on three ideas: a) engineering is a social endeavor; b) technology shapes and is shaped by society; and c) technologies are sociotechnical systems. The course also teaches writing and public speaking, skills needed in engineering.
STS 1501Special Topics in Engineering & Society (1)
Student led special topic courses which vary by semester.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018
STS 1800Business Fundamentals for Engineers (3)
Explores key management & business concepts relevant to technology-dependent enterprises. Provides an overview of accounting & finance principles, operations, marketing, leadership, managerial decision-making & communications,& ethics. Engineering students should come away from this course with the knowledge & skills necessary to develop & direct technology in ways that add value to organizations. Count as an elective in the Eng. Business minor.
STS 2010Thomas Jefferson's Interests in Science and Technology (3)
Introduces Jefferson's use of scientific thinking in his major accomplishments and efforts to influence public policy, agriculture, education, invention, architecture, and religion. Readings in his writings, class discussions, guest lectures and field visits to local centers of Jefferson research. Short papers, in-class presentations, and a research paper are required. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent
STS 2030Humans and Machines: Visions of Tyranny and Freedom in 19th- and 20th-Century Literature (3)
Analysis of attitudes toward the problem of the machine and technological advances in modern civilization, as reflected in selected American and European writings and films. Discussions, oral presentations, papers, and a final exam. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2060American Environmental History (3)
Explores the historical relationship between people and the environment in North America, from colonial times to the present. Topics include the role of culture, economics, politics, and technology in that relationship. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2070Utopias and the Technological Society (3)
Lectures, readings, and discussions compare earlier and modern designs of the ideal society, stressing the relationship of their basic technologies to historical reality. Such writers as Plato, Thomas More, and Edward Bellamy are considered. Students give oral presentations, write short papers, and research technological utopias. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2071American Power and Energies - A History of the United States (3)
America today is a high-energy society. For over a century, the United States has also wielded vast economic, political, and military power. How do energy sources relate to social, corporate, or political power? This course examines that question across the history of the United States. It draws from political, business, technological, and environmental history to chart the growth, effects, and limits of power in its varied forms. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2080History of Flight (3)
Explores the development of flight from the earliest historical records of peoples' interest in flying through the achievements of the space age. Emphasizes the social and cultural impacts of flight, advances in technology, and the significance of the contribution of individuals. Guest lectures, film showings, visits to aviation museums, and student reports and projects supplement regular classroom lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2090The History of Space Flight (3)
Explores the history of space flight, from peoples' earliest interest in rockets through the most recent developments in aerospace technology. Examines the contributions of various scientists, engineers, and inventors to space travel; the major eras of aerospace history and the impacts of U.S. and international space programs on society. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2100Technology and Social Change in 19th-Century America (3)
A study of the impacts of nineteenth-century American industrial development on the community, the worker, and engineering. Students make oral and written presentations, write short papers, and a research paper. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2120Religion and Technology (3)
A historical examination of the role of religion in the early development of technology; technology as a secular substitute for religion; and religious critiques of contemporary technological society. Equal time is spent on lectures, student-led discussions of the readings, and student oral presentations. Short papers and a major research project on a particular denomination's or congregation's attitudes toward technology-related issues. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2201Technology in World History (3)
Surveys how cultures have developed technology from the earliest times to the end of the twentieth century. Includes both western and non-western cultures and explores how different cultures have used technology to produce economic abundance, social order, and cultural meaning. No technical or scientific expertise required. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or an equivalent STS course
Course was offered Fall 2012
STS 2500Science and Technology in Social and Global Context (3)
Fall 2020
This course invites students to explore the implications of STS core concepts within a specific topical or disciplinary area, drawing out the implications of STS 1500 in depth. The course explores the social and global context of engineering, science and technology. Although writing and speaking skills are emphasized, more attention is given to course content and the students' analytical abilities. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or an equivalent STS course.
STS 2570Special Topics in Engineering Business (3)
This course will cover various topics in engineering business.
STS 2580Special Topics for Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)
This course will cover various topics in engineering entrepreneurship.
STS 2620Science and Technology Public Policy (3)
Examines the development of public policies aimed at promoting and regulating science and technology. Topics include historical evolution of the federal government's involvement in science policy; the players, organizations, and agencies who make science policy; the reasons the government funds the research it does; how science and technology is regulated by the government. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2720Marketing for Engineers (3)
This course will provide engineers with an introduction to all facets of marketing, including creating compelling brands, working with media, and the role of product marketing. Students will also learn how the principles of marketing are applied in a variety of roles, such as personal brands in consulting and products within large companies.
STS 2730Engineers & the Art of the Deal (3)
Fall 2020
This course will not only teach the key components of doing a transaction but also the skills necessary to negotiate effectively. The class will be interactive . Various case studies involving technology transactions will be analyzed and discussed. A reasonable amount of assigned reading and project work will be required.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
STS 2740Earth Systems Technology and Management (3)
Introduces students to earth systems technology and management, and related concepts such as industrial ecology (the objective, multidisciplinary study of industrial and economic systems and their linkages with fundamental natural systems).  The requirements of this course include regular and prepared participation in class and discussions, two semester projects, homework as assigned, and substantial reading and analysis of case studies and articles.  Additionally, students will become familiar with design methodologies, and apply those methodologies to case studies as part of a class project.  Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2750Engineers as Consultants (3)
This course will challenge students to take the role of engineering consultants. Students will learn skills pertinent to the end-to-end process of client side interactions, as well as survey project management theories and learn how to co-develop a project in an efficient and ethical manner. Experiential learning will be emphasized, and heavy student participation will be expected.
STS 2760Technology and Policy: Where Intent Meets Process (3)
Fall 2020
In this course, we will explore four case studies illustrative of the potential disharmony between intent and process. In each case, the action is a public policy initiative with scientific or technological dimensions, where good intentions either led to unwelcome collateral consequences, or the process of implementation failed to fulfill the intent of the policy.
STS 2781Making the Machine Age: Technology in American Society, 1890-1990 (3)
Social history of American technology in the twentieth century. Primarily concerned with the interplay between society and technology. Historical perspectives on the causes of technological change and the ways in which technologies extend or upset centers of social power and influence. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent
STS 2810Introduction to Technology Entrepreneurship (3)
Learn the fundamental issues related to starting a technology-based venture. Examine the different concepts of entrepreneurship and review cases of engineer-entrepreneurs. Explore how technology-based solutions solve economic and social world problems. Students will give several presentations and work in teams to develop a new product through patent application and business. This course is suitable for non-engineering students.
STS 2820Presentation Strategies for Entrepreneurs (3)
This course provides real world, hands-on learning on how to start a company. Students will work in teams learning how to turn a great idea into a great company and how to present your concept to investors.
STS 2830Startup Operations for Entrepreneurs (3)
Fall 2020
This class will teach you how to execute your idea into a viable business. Learn how to run a business within the context of its day-to-day operations and move forward to make a profit from the business. Learn about employee relations, legal issues, purchasing, developing for scalability, operations, financial reporting, and much more.
STS 2840Entrepreneurial Finance (3)
Entrepreneurial Finance will introduce finance concepts for those interested in small biz startups. Through readings, cases and guest speakers, we will review several industries, from low tech to small business manufacturing to high tech. We will explore different ways small businesses are financed and the theory and practice behind those decisions. Class participation and a entrepreneurial project will be an important part of the class.
STS 2850Government and Entrepreneurship (3)
Fall 2020
The course explores government contracting, how the government procures products and services, and opportunities created through government regulation.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
STS 2860Intellectual Property, Engineering, and Society (3)
Introduces the fundamentals and history of U.S. copyright and patent law and examines its impact on technological innovation, technological creativity, business strategy, public welfare in the U.S. and developing nations, and global competitiveness. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent.
Course was offered January 2016
STS 2870Scientific and Technological Thinking (3)
Explores the ways scientists and inventors think, using concepts, theories, and methods borrowed from several disciplines, but focusing especially on psychology. Topics include experimental simulations of scientific reasoning, a cognitive framework for understanding creativity, and modeling discovery on a computer. Students read and discuss articles and conduct a short research project. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2880Invention and Design (3)
Investigates the way technology is created and improved. Offers a collaborative learning environment in which multi-disciplinary teams invent and design several modules that emulate problems, such as the invention of the telephone or the design of an expert system. Includes readings from psychology, history, computing, ethics, and engineering. Students keep design notebooks, present team project results, and write an integrative paper. Prerequisite: STS 1500 or equivalent.
STS 2890The Entrepreneur in History (3)
This class will investigate the material development of human societies across history, inquiring into the role entrepreneurs played in creating new wealth. We will also apply lessons of history to developing your entrepreneurial skills. We will introduce a set of business tools called the Business Model Canvas (BMC) and apply these tools to historical examples. Working in groups, you will develop a new business or product for presentation.
STS 2993Independent Study: Technology and Society (1 - 3)
Fall 2020
Special tutorial with a topic declared in advance. Limited to undergraduate SEAS students with third- or fourth-year standing. Not to substitute for STS 4500, 4600. The topic, work plan, and conditions are arranged by contract between instructor and student and approved by the department chair, with a copy to be filed in the department office. Prerequisites: STS 1500 or equivalent, a 2000-level STS course.
STS 3020Science and Technology Policy for Interns (3)
This Socratic course prepares undergrads for internships in science, engineering and technology (SET) in Washington, DC. A core objective is to increase knowledge, oral and written skills for assessing SET and their impacts on public policy. Engineering students accepted into the SEAS Policy Internship Program in Science and Technology must take the course. Students from Batten School, the College and other schools are also welcome to enroll.
STS 3110Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnology (3)
Students will explore the societal dimensions of a new technology through a combination of readings and discussions and a simulation of nanotechnology policy. Students should have an interest in the management of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies, including how these technologies might transform our ways of living and even ourselves.
STS 3500Advanced Topics in Technology and Society (1 - 4)
Specific topics vary. Advanced level examination of the relationships among science, technology and society. Fullfills STS 2000-level requirement. Prerequisite: STS 1500
STS 3580Special Topics for Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)
This course will cover various topics in engineering entrepreneurship.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2018
STS 4500STS and Engineering Practice (3)
Fall 2020
This course engages students with the idea that success in posing and solving engineering problems requires attention to the social dimensions of professional endeavors and practice. STS theories and methods are applied to student thesis projects. Students produce a prospectus for the senior thesis project. Students must be in residence to take this course. Students are not permitted to take STS 4500 and STS 4600 simultaneously. Prerequisites: STS 2000 or STS 3000 level course.
STS 4580Special Topics for Engineering Entrepreneurship (3)
This course will cover various topics in engineering entrepreneurship.
Course was offered Fall 2018
STS 4600The Engineer, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility (3)
Fall 2020
This course focuses on ethical issues in engineering. The key theme is that ethics is central to engineering practice. The professional responsibilities of engineers are examined. Students produce an STS Research paper linked to their technical thesis project and complete all of the requirements for the senior thesis. Students must be in residence to take this course. Students are not permitted to take STS 4500 and STS 4600 simultaneously. Prerequisites: STS 4500.
STS 4810New Product Development (3)
Fall 2020
Provides overview of business considerations required to commercialize new products. Included is an understanding of the business structure, processes, vocabulary, product lifecycle, organizational capabilities and financial/analytical tools, as well as the challenge of leadership in meeting diverse expectations of internal and external stakeholders. Prerequisites: Engineering Business Minor or Entrepreneurship Minor & 4th yr standing.
STS 4993Open Science (1 - 3)
Students in this independent study work with the Center for Open Science learning how to develop tools that scaffold sharing in science, and considering the broader implications of the Center and its work. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
STS 5200Technical Writing& Professional Communication for Engineering Grad Students (3)
This course teaches ESL graduate students in engineering to communicate effectively with a wide variety of specialized and non-specialized audiences and will provide ESL-specific help with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation in these different contexts. In addition, this course introduces engineering graduate students to the expectations of writing in the workplace and academic writing conventions in their discipline.
Course was offered Fall 2019
STS 5500Topics in Technology and Society (1 - 3)
Fall 2020
A first-level graduate/advanced undergraduate course relates technology or engineering to the broader culture. The specific subject will differ from time to time.
STS 5600Responsible Conduct of Research (1)
Responsible conduct of research is defined as "the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research." (NIH) This course will follow the NIS recommended format of substantial face-to-face discussions, with case studies being used as the primary focus of these conversations.
Course was offered Spring 2018
STS 5610Knowledge Entrepreneurship: Launching Your Career in Engineering Research (1)
This course introduces new graduate students to engineering research providing them with an intellectual framework which will help them to succeed as innovators and leaders. Students will understand the process and skills needed to successfully launch their research, develop their communication skills and map out their education and long-term career goals.
Course was offered Fall 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017
STS 5620Government Contracting Opportunities (1)
he course will cover the terminology, basic regulations and ethics, and the people, processes and procedures of government contracting. We will discuss how the government determines, develops and communicates their requirements, and how they evaluate potential solutions and contractors. The students will learn the basics of how to read and interpret the goals and objectives of government solicitations and making responsive bids.
Course was offered Fall 2018
STS 5993Independent Study: Technology and Society (1 - 12)
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
Course was offered Spring 2020, Spring 2014
STS 6000Effective Communication in English (3)
This course is designed to teach reading/writing/ speaking/ listening skills required for success in technical communication for graduate students whose first language is not English, and scored less than 50 on the SPEAK Test. Specialized instruction in academic/content area writing as well as personal expression in a variety of settings will enable students to complete academic programs in a more efficient and timely manner.
Course was offered Spring 2019
STS 6610Technology Innovation: From Discovery to Product Concept (3)
Designed for graduate students. Explore how to take a high value opportunity and use the fundamentals entrepreneurship to develop a commercialization plan. Learn the unique aspects of "supply-push" innovation -- the process of converting new discoveries and knowledge into products. This involves both an awareness of how scientists and engineers create new knowledge as well as a willingness to listen and learn from customers/stakeholders.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Fall 2017
STS 6993Topics in Socio-Technical-Natural Systems (0 - 4)
This independent study is designed to accommodate graduate students from SEAS, Architecture and potentially other schools whose work would benefit STS and/or Earth Systems Engineering Management principles and applying them to their thesis, or to a related project.
Course was offered Spring 2018