STS 265 - Minds and Brains in America
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Science, Technology & Society (STS)
Department: LSA II: Science, Tech & Soc.
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

What is the mind? And how does it relate to the brain? These are old, even ancient questions, but it is only in the last two centuries that specific scientific fields have arisen to answer them. This course explores the history of those fields (psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science) and their impact on American politics, popular culture, and private life. The science and medicine of mind and brain have deeply shaped who we are, what we do, and how we treat others (including people, animals, and machines). This course examines key moments in this history: from the rise of the asylum and phrenology around 1800, through the growth of eugenics and psychoanalysis a century later, to the advent of MRI and artificial intelligence in recent years. By tracing the tools used to study, police, and alter the minds and brains of ordinary Americans, we will work toward a new history of scientific authority in the United States.

Course Requirements:

Three short essays, clicker questions, and participation

Intended Audience:

Open to students of all levels, this course provides crucial context for science students (including pre-health), while introducing humanities students to key scientific and medical concepts.

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section each week (all synchronous)

Schedule

STS 265 - Minds and Brains in America
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
37213
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
37215
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
37217
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
37219
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
 In Person
37221
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
006 (DIS)
 In Person
37223
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W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
007 (DIS)
 In Person
37225
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
008 (DIS)
 In Person
37227
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
 In Person
37229
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
010 (DIS)
 In Person
37231
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
011 (DIS)
 In Person
41110
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
012 (DIS)
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41111
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W 3:00PM - 4:00PM
013 (DIS)
 In Person
41112
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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