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Technology in Society Courses 2020-21

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. The course the student uses to satisfy the TiS Requirement must be on this list the academic year in 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. 

WIM Note: Check individual major requirements to determine which courses will fulfill the University Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement .

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 (CLASSICS 151) Ten Things: An Archaeology of Design W 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 (ARCHLGY 168)

Engineering the Roman Empire

(Take for 5 units to fulfill TiS)

S A-II 5      

COMM 120W

Digital Media in Society

S

SI

5

 

X

X

COMM 166

Virtual People

SUM

SI

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)

 

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)

 

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      
CS 278 Social Computing (this course will also be accepted for TiS if taken prior to 20-21) S   3      
EARTHSYS 125 Shades of Green: Redesigning and Rethinking the Environmental Justice Movements Not this year ED 5      
ENGR 117 will not count if taken 2019-20  due to reduced units ) Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, and Gender (must take for 3 units and for a letter grade to count as TiS) Not this year           ED           3              X  

ENGR 145

Technology Entrepreneurship

S

 

 

4

 

 

 
ENGR 148/248

Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions

W ER 3   X  

HUMBIO 174

Foundations of Bioethics (BMC & BME majors)

W

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

 
PUBLPOL 134 Ethics on the Edge: Business, NPOs, Gov't, & Individuals (must take for a letter grade) S ER 3      

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