Politics and Policy

This concentration covers topics such as social movement, electoral politics, public policy and policymaking, national and global security (e.g., military conflicts, biosecurity, food security, cybersecurity, terrorism, nuclear proliferation), disasters, and science and technology nationalism.

STS Concentration Area Requirements

  • 4 (BS) or 8 (BA) Socio-cultural courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area including 3 Concentration Core courses
  • 4 (BA) or 8 (BS) Technical courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area

  • A cohesive overall theme, or two, that articulate how your Concentration Core and Sociocultural courses help you to critically examine your Technical courses.

50+ units; 12 course minimum. Note that the 50-unit requirement may require taking additional courses and that approved courses may not be approved for your specific concentration, if your curriculum does not achieve the above requirements as a whole.

Don't forget the Major Requirements : As for all concentrations, students will need to fulfill the Program Core course requirement (26+ units; 8 course minimum with grade C minimum). 

Socio-Cultural Courses (4 BS/8 BS)

STS Sociocultural Courses

  • Provide historical, social, cultural and/or political context for specific areas of science and technology in each concentration

  • May include STS Program Core or Concentration Core courses not used to fulfill those requirements

  • Electives must be part of a cohesive plan approved by the STS Associate Director

  • See major requirements for more information

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Kessler, E. (PI)
Beaty, G. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-303

Kessler, E. (PI)
Beaty, G. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-303

Neiman, A. (TA)
Fullwiley, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Lathrop 290

Trounce, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
School of Medicine Room

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)
Srinivas, S. (TA)
Duan, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Y2E2 292A

Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Y2E2 292E

Ong, C. (SI)
Lechner, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Fishkin, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
5:30 PM
8:30 PM
120-101

Christin, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Bernholz, L. (PI)
Nothias, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM
160-322

Sahami, M. (PI)
Reich, R. (PI)
Weinstein, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Cemex Auditorium

EARTHSYS 160
Units:
4-5

Chan, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Naylor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

Naylor, R. (PI)
Grattan, T. (TA)
Kushel, C. (TA)
Belongia, M. (TA)
Robles-Baez, C. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-002

Dupuy, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
240-101

Rakove, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Schoenberger, S. (TA)
Vardi, G. (PI)
Schimmel, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-034

Proctor, R. (PI)
Parish, W. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-002

Kennedy, D. (PI)
Fishkin, S. (PI)
Cain, B. (PI)
Mitchel, M. (TA)
Richardson, K. (TA)
Aldridge, A. (TA)
Nemerov, A. (PI)
Freyberg, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

HISTORY 203C
Units:
5

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM
200-105

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM

Rakove, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
Encina West 202

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Lutomski, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
160-318

Patenaude, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Encina West 202

Gerdes, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
550-126

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Tokuyama, D. (TA)
O'Donohue, A. (TA)
Alpert, L. (TA)
Person, H. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Remote

Perez Blanco, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Laurent, E. (PI)
calefas-strebelle, a. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Luders, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Luders, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Peters, A. (TA)
Cain, B. (PI)
Parker, B. (TA)
Yorgason, C. (TA)
Clayton, K. (TA)
Tanigawa-Lau, C. (TA)
Park, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
420-040

Stoner, K. (PI)
Nelson, R. (TA)
Horrillo, J. (TA)
Rahman, N. (TA)
Dalton, M. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
370-370

Mastro, O. (PI)
Carlson, M. (PI)
Nelson, R. (TA)
Dalton, M. (TA)
Napier, C. (TA)
Bate, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
STLC114

Krosnick, J. (PI)
Davis, S. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
120-S40

Liautaud, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Trounce, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM
School of Medicine Room

PUBLPOL 353A
Units:
4-5

Windham, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
McCullough 126

Kiviat, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-203

Hunt, S. (TA)
Hurwitz, J. (TA)
Kiviat, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-203

Robinson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM
ROBLEG139

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-318

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-314

Hehmeyer, P. (PI)
Rich, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Concentration Core (CC) Courses: 3 required for BA/BS

STS Concentration Core courses

CC, formerly Foundational

 

  • Are specifically designated sociocultural courses directly relevant to the chosen STS concentration 
  • Provide students with tools to critically engage with the knowledge and skills they are learning in their technical courses
  • Cannot be double-counted with student’s choice of Program Core courses
  • Cannot be substituted or petitioned
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Kessler, E. (PI)
Beaty, G. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-303

Kessler, E. (PI)
Beaty, G. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-303

Neiman, A. (TA)
Fullwiley, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Lathrop 290

Wong-Parodi, G. (PI)
Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)
Srinivas, S. (TA)
Duan, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Y2E2 292A

Ouyang, D. (PI)
Suckale, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Y2E2 292E

Christin, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

D'Apice, H. (TA)
LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

Proctor, R. (PI)
Parish, W. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-002

HISTORY 203C
Units:
5

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM
200-105

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Tokuyama, D. (TA)
O'Donohue, A. (TA)
Alpert, L. (TA)
Person, H. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Remote

PUBLPOL 353A
Units:
4-5

Windham, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
McCullough 126

Hunt, S. (TA)
Hurwitz, J. (TA)
Kiviat, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
200-203

Robinson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM
ROBLEG139

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-318

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-314
Technical Courses (4 BA/8 BS)

STS Technical Courses

  • Courses involving lab work, engineering problems, coding, or other technical work in science, technology, or medicine

  • Help build technical knowledge and skills relevant to the chosen concentration

  • Students seeking the B.S. degree take more of these

  • The majority of Technical Electives should be a sequence (or two sequences) of increasingly advanced levels. In general, introductory courses with little technical content will not be approved. 

  • At least one sequence should be accompanied by either Concentration Core or Sociocultural Electives that allow you to examine and analyze its context and social consequences

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Klein, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
80-204

Klein, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
80-204

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
260-113

CHEM 31A
Units:
5

Schwartz Poehlmann, J. (PI)
Brown, N. (PI)
Waymouth, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
STLC111

CHEM 31B
Units:
5

Schwartz Poehlmann, J. (PI)
Brown, N. (PI)
Cegelski, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
STLC111

CHEM 31B
Units:
5

Cardin, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Brennan, M. (PI)
Wender, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
STLC114

Brennan, M. (PI)
Stack, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

CS 105
Units:
3-5

Bravo, M. (TA)
Wang, N. (TA)
Young, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
300-300

CS 105
Units:
3-5

Young, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:45 PM
3:45 PM

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

2021 - 2022
Summer

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Parlante, N. (PI)
Woodrow, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Parlante, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 106A
Units:
3-5

Sahami, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

2021 - 2022
Summer

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Zelenski, J. (PI)
Lee, C. (PI)
Kishnani, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Bishop Auditorium

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Schwarz, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 106B
Units:
3-5

Gregg, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Troccoli, N. (PI)
Benson, A. (TA)
Shih, J. (TA)
Iglesias, R. (TA)
Low, M. (TA)
Sullan, G. (TA)
Narayan, S. (TA)
Kula, J. (TA)
Gaur, A. (TA)
Ebhomielen, O. (TA)
Worrel, M. (TA)
Gregg, C. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
Bishop Auditorium

Gregg, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Friday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Bishop Auditorium

Troccoli, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

CS 108
Units:
3-4

Young, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Gates B1

Piech, C. (PI)
Kim, Y. (TA)
Tullis, I. (TA)
Gianitsos, T. (TA)
McCreight, D. (TA)
McCoy, E. (TA)
Ravi, R. (TA)
Yan, S. (TA)
Guillen, D. (TA)
Lu, L. (TA)
Shi, H. (TA)
Wu, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
STLC111

Piech, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Cain, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Braun, B. (TA)
Banerjee, O. (TA)
Arthurs, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

CS 110
Units:
3-5

Cain, J. (PI)
Kaur, A. (TA)
DeMichele, P. (TA)
Jorgensen, J. (TA)
Ramirez, J. (TA)
Parida, S. (TA)
Decoppet, S. (TA)
Lin, V. (TA)
Drazen, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30 AM
9:30 AM
NVIDIA Auditorium

CS 110
Units:
3-5

Cain, J. (PI)
Troccoli, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
Gates B1

2021 - 2022
Summer

PHYSICS 41
Units:
4

Graham, P. (GP)
Nanavati, C. (GP)
Tompkins, L. (PI)
Jiang, J. (TA)
Simon, O. (TA)
Trbalic, B. (TA)
Zamora, A. (TA)
Valenzuela Lombera, I. (TA)
Dinc, F. (TA)
Ames, D. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Remote

PHYSICS 41
Units:
4

Graham, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Lathrop 282

PHYSICS 43
Units:
4

Nanavati, C. (PI)
Lee, Y. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
STLC114

PHYSICS 43
Units:
4

Linde, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Laughlin, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
McCullough 126

PHYSICS 241
Units:
3

Laughlin, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Hewlett Teaching Center 102

Schlaepfer, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
200-205

Peters, A. (TA)
Bonica, A. (PI)
Yorgason, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Lathrop 282

Gulzar, S. (PI)
Macdonald, B. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Jackson, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Remote

Kapoor, R. (TA)
Smith, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Econ 139

Jain, V. (PI)
Pan, Z. (TA)
Liu, S. (TA)
Howes, M. (TA)
Kanekar, R. (TA)
Tanoh, I. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
420-040

Poldrack, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Hewlett Teaching Center 201

Erdmann-Pham, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

STATS 101
Units:
5

Sklar, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Walther, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Skillaud
Not Currently Offered Courses

These courses are approved for one or more the STS concentrations but are not offered this academic year. You may find tabbing back to previous academic years in Explore Courses is helpful to see when courses have been offered historically. STS does not determine when courses in other departments will be offered as course offerings are at the discretion of the departments who own them.

 

Title

HISTORY 235D
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Core Social Science and Humanities

INTLPOL 221
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

POLISCI 233F
Tagged for:
Politics and Policy Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global

STS 51A
Tagged for:
Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural

STS 51B
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Politics and Policy Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

STS 51C
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Politics and Policy Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

STS 123
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core

STS 151
Tagged for:
Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

STS 166
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Communication and Media Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

STS 191
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Nature and Environment Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Nature and Environment Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core
Recommended Concentration Advisors
Inter-Departmental Programs
Political Science
Science, Technology and Society
Graduate School of Education