STS 261
Science and Militarism in the Modern World Fall 2023 (also offered Spring 2024)
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENVI 261
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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.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This course adopts a tutorial model. Students will be divided into 5 groups of 2. Each week the groups will meet with me. Each pair will include one "presenter," who shares a 5-7 page paper responding to the week's theme, and one "respondent," who will offer a 2-3 page response to the presenter's paper. The roles of presenter and respondent will alternate each week. Each student will produce 5 papers as "presenter" and 5 papers as "respondent."
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1257
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Each student will produce five (5-7 page) papers as "presenter" and five (2-3 page) papers as "respondent." Grades will be issued based on the portfolio of papers and active participation in discussions.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: ENVI and STS majors and concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 261 Division II STS 261 Division II
WS Notes: This is a writing intensive tutorial. Students will complete weekly written assignments and receive in-depth feedback to improve their writing. Over the course of the semester, students will write 10 papers ranging from 2-7 pages.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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