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In 1961, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the global dangers of what he called the “military-industrial complex.” In this course, we will interrogate the military-scientific complex, or the imbrication of militarism and scientific knowledge. Surveying conflicts from World War II through to the present-day War on Terror, this course will consider how empire, networks of expert knowledge, resource extraction, environmental contamination, and land degradation have shaped the modern world. Students will engage a range of textual materials including books, films, photographs, and news reports. Course requirements include weekly writing assignments and participation in small group discussions.
Format: seminar; This course adopts a quasi-tutorial model. Students will be divided into 5 groups of 3. Each week the groups will meet with me. Groups will include one "presenter," who shares a 5-7 page paper responding to the week's theme and two "respondents," who each offer a 2-3 page response to the presenter's paper. The roles of presenter and respondents will circulate each week. Each student will produce 4 papers as "presenter" and 6 papers as "respondent."
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
Each student will produce four (5-7 page) papers as "presenter" and six (2-3 page) papers as "respondent." Grades will be issued based on the portfolio of papers and active participation in discussions.
ENVI and STS majors and concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives