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Technology in Society Courses 2019-20

The Technology in Society Requirement

Engineering is a deeply social activity. It is shaped by social values, interests, and priorities; is increasingly practiced in complex social groups; and its fruits have important social effects in the political, economic, and cultural realms. Hence, the School of Engineering believes it is important that practicing engineers understand their ethical and social responsibilities. To this end, all undergraduate engineering majors must take one course devoted to exploring ethical and social issues and responsibilities arising from the interplay of engineering, technology, and society. 

Individual courses approved for academic year 2019-20 for the Technology in Society (TiS) Requirement are listed in the chart below. In almost all cases, the course the student uses to satisfy the TiS Requirement will be on the list of approved TiS courses approved for the academic year during which the student took the course.  

Included in the TiS chart is information on the WAYS general requirements that can be fulfilled by taking the listed course. For more information on WAYS area requirements and abbreviations, go to https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/students/ways

Note: CE majors must take CEE 102A; MS&E AND ME majors must choose from among the courses marked “X” in the major columns. Students in other majors may choose from any of the following courses, although only CS and EPHYS majors may take CS 181W or 182W.  The WAYS column indicates which WAYS requirement(s) can be fulfilled using the listed course (WAYS automatically fulfilled by other SoE requirements are not indicated).

WIM Note: Check individual major requirements to determine which courses will fulfill the University WIM requirement on the Major Units and WIM page of the SU Bulletin.

Course

Title

Qtr

WAYS**

Units

CE

MS&E

 ME

AA 252

Techniques of Failure Analysis (for senior engineering students only)

S

-

3

 

X

   X
ARCHLGY 151 Ten Things: An Archaeology of Design A A-II or SI 3      

BIOE 131

Ethics in Bioengineering

S

ER

3

 

X

   X
CEE 102A

Legal & Ethical Principles in Design, Construction, and Project Delivery (this is the only option for CE majors)

W   3 X    
CLASSICS 168

Engineering the Roman Empire

(Take for 5 units to fulfill TiS)

S A-II 5      

COMM 120W

Digital Media in Society

S

SI

4-5

 

X

X

COMM 166

Virtual People

A

SI

4-5

 

 

 
CS 152 Trust and Safety Engineering W   3      

CS 181

Computers, Ethics and Public Policy

(To take this course, students need permission of instructor & may need to complete an assignment due the first day of class; Prereq: CS 106B/X)

S

ER

4

 

X

   X

CS 181W

Computers, Ethics and Public Policy (satisfies WIM for CS, STS, MCS & EPHYS majors only; Prereq: CS 106B or X) (To take this course, students need permission of instructor and may need to complete an assignment due the first day of class)

S

ER

4

 

 

 
CS 182 Ethics, Public Policy, & Technological Change (Prerequisite: CS 106A or AX) W ER 5      
CS 182W Ethics, Public Policy, & Technological Change (WIM for CS & EPHYS majors only) Enrollment limited to 100 (Prerequisite: CS 106A or AX) W ER 5      
ENGR 117 will not count if taken 2019-20 due to reduced units this year) Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender (must take for 3 units and for a letter grade to count as TiS) Not this year: not offered for 3 units 19-20           ED           3              X  

ENGR 145

Technology Entrepreneurship

W, S,Sum

 

 

4

 

 

 
ENGR 148/248

Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions

W ER 3   X  

HUMBIO 174

Foundations of Bioethics (BMC & BME majors)

S

ER

3

--

--

X

MS&E 193

Technology in National Security

A

SI

3

 

X

X

ME 267

Ethics and Equity in Transportation Systems

A

ER

3

 

X

   X

POLISCI 114S

Int’l Security in a Changing World

W

SI

5

 

X

 

STS 1

The Public Life of Science and Technology

W

A-II OR SI

4

 

X

 

*Neither PUBPOL 122 nor ME 120 can be used to fulfill the TiS Requirement under any circumstances. CLASSICS 168 is allowed if taken 2016-17 or later for 5 units.

**WAYS: A-II = Aesthetic/Interpretive Inquiry; CE=Creative Expression; ED=Engaging Diversity; ER=Ethical Reasoning; SI= Social Inquiry