List of UW courses on society and technology

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Society and technology course list.

Note that it is unclear how many of these courses are actively taught, and how often...

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Computer Science and Engineering

CSE 500 Computers and Society (2)

Study of impact of computer technology on present and future society, including political, economic, cultural, social, and moral issues. Includes guest lecturers and discussion leaders. Each student is required to complete a term project. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: graduate standing in computer science or permission of instructor.


LAW A 588 Trade Security and Copyright Protection of Intellectual Property in High Tech Industry (3)

LAW B 589 Intellectual Property Law Seminar ([1-4]-, max. 4)

LAW B 543 Intellectual Property Law in East Asia (3)

LAW E 523 Intellectual Property Law Clinic (3)

Clinical training in intellectual property law. Prerequisite: LAW A 526, LAW E 547, or LAW A 546. Offered: S.

LAW E 540 Legal Issues of Internet Law (3)

Introduces the basic legal issues raised by networked digital technologies, such as the Internet. Covers jurisdiction, speech, privacy/access, propriety rights (copyrights, domain names), emerging law, leading policy debates, as well as fundamental Internet technical skills. Offered: S.

LAW E 541 Electronic Commerce and Information Technology (3)

Introduction to legal and policy issues raised by electronic commerce and other emerging information technologies. Topics vary and may include intellectual property and contract issues raised by establishing an online commercial presence, rights and obligations of users of network services including constitutional rights, information privacy, electronic contracts, electronic payments, etc.

LAW E 543 Crime, Privacy, and Accountability on the Internet (2)

An exploration of criminal activity on the Internet and issues that arise in investigating it. Examines the tension between privacy rights and the need for accountability. Includes substantive criminal statutes, constitutional rights and procedural laws that implement privacy and protections, and the practicalities of Internet crime investigations.

LAW E 544 Privacy Law (2)

Examines the legal doctrines of privacy and confidentiality used to protect personal information. Aims to understand how courts and legislatures seek to protect information as new technologies and institutional practices emerge. Studies scope and implications of federal statues that attempt to establish fair information practices with respect to electronic personal information.

LAW E 545 Comparative Patent Law ([1-3]-, max. 3)

Examines major differences and similarities between patent laws of United States, Japan and European countries; comparisons of patent prosecution in patent offices; first-to-file vs. first-to-invent principles; patent eligibility of nonobviousness (inventive step) requirements; claim interpretation/doctrine of equivalents; scope/limitations of exclusivity; special issues for pharmaceutical inventions. Prerequisite: LAW A 546.

LAW E 547 Legal Protection for Computer Software (3)

LAW E 553 Technology Law and Public Policy (2)

Survey of the domains of public policies that have been affected by the information revolution. Examines issues from Internet taxation, to personal data privacy, information warfare. Discusses the implications of the new public policies and whether it is feasible for states to enact different information policies.

LAW E 554 Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic ([2-4]-, max. 10)

Clinical training in legislative and public policy advocacy under supervision of law school faculty. Examines legislative process, drafting, commentary and advocacy, appellate advocacy, and professional responsibility concerns. Supervised practice experience representing public interest with respect to law and technology. Credit/no credit only. Prerequisite: LAW E 553, which may be taken concurrently.

LAW E 567 Survey of Intellectual Property (4) O'Connor

Intended for both law students who are only interested in a general overview of intellectual property and non-law students who are seeding a certificate in intellectual property law and policy. Designed as an alternative to Patents, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, and Copyrights. Offered: W.

LAW E 575 Telecommunications Law and Policy (2)

Survey basic policy principles underlying our nation's telecommunications laws. Focus on administrative and statutory law, paying special attention to the design and implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Addresses the role played by antitrust, economic regulation and constitutional law (particularly the First Amendment) in shaping our nation's telecommunications landscape.

LAW P 501 Intellectual Property Law Core (8)

Intensive study of intellectual property law core subjects: patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks. Examines fundamental principles their underlying policies, and how the laws inter-relate. Open to J.D students with permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken LAW A 522, Law A 546, or Law E 588.

LAW P 528 LL.M. Intellectual Property Law Practicum (1-4, max. 6)

Experience with an approved non-profit organization, judicial or legislative body, or governmental agency on issues related to intellectual property law and policy. Students work under the guidance of experienced practitioners; both student and field supervisor provide the supervising law faculty member with a final written evaluation. Credit/no credit only.

LAW E 589 IP Innovations in Science and Technology (2-, max. 6) Takenaka

Covers controversial intellectual property law and policy questions arising from evolving science, technology and e-commerce, and addresses cutting edge issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. Examines the current legal regimes and research environment and explores innovative methods for maximizing the exploitation of advanced science and technology. Offered: AWSp.

Political Science

POL S 410 Technology, Politics, and the State (5) I&S

Relationships between politics, technological change, and development of multinational corporations. Considers whether the relations between political and economic systems of industrial societies have been fundamentally altered by the increased importance and interdependence of government, experts, and new technological possibilities for intervention in social life. Instructor Course Description: David Watkins

Joint offerings of Poli Sci & Communication

POL S 329 Global Communication (5) I&S COM 322 Global Communication (5) I&S

Introduction to the history, purpose, channels, content, technologies, policy, and regulation of international communications systems. Issues covered include disparities in media development between post-industrial and developing nations, imbalances in international news and information flow, and the emergence of global communications. Offered: jointly with COM 322. Instructor Course Description: Charles A Giffard Kevin Y. Kawamoto Kirsten A Foot

POL S 451 Communication Technology and Politics (5) I&S COM 407 Communication Technology and Politics (5) I&S

Employs some core concepts of political communication and theories of democracy to examine the emerging role of information and communication technologies in candidate and issue campaigning; online voting; protest and advocacy movements; law-making and electronic governance in the United States and internationally. Offered: jointly with COM 407.

POL S 452 Mass Media and Public Opinion (5) I&S COM 414 Mass Media and Public Opinion (5) I&S

Examines the foundations of the idea of public opinion in a democratic environment and the role of mass communication in the organization, implementation, and control of that opinion. Considers these relationships from the perspectives of societal elites, media, and citizens. Offered: jointly with COM 414. Instructor Course Description: David S. Domke Patricia Moy

POL S 306 Media, Society and Political Identity I&S (5) COM 306 Media, Society and Political Identity (5) I&S

Explores how society and culture are both represented in and shaped by communication technologies and media content. Media include film, advertising, news, entertainment television, talk shows, and the Internet. Explores how media represent and affect individual identity, values, and political engagement. Offered: jointly with POL S 306.


COM 301 Navigating Information Networks for Mass Media (5) I&S

Builds familiarity with computer-mediated information networks. Introduces and compares network search engines, agents, browsing/viewing tools and retrieval/transfer software for use by reporters and other media workers. Instruction and practice with searching/acquiring information, its analysis and interpretation, illustration, and write-up. No prior computer or network experience assumed. Instructor Course Description: Aaron A. Delwiche

COM 302 The Cultural Impact of Information Technology (5) I&S/VLPA

Utilizing approaches from the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary theory, seeks to analyze the cultural and social impact of information technology. Considers how information technologies impact our relationships with others, our concept(s) of self, and the structure of the communities to which we belong. Offered: jointly with CHID 370.

COM 405 New Media Criticism (5) I&S/VLPA

Examines critically the content of new media forms, contrasting them with traditional media. Stresses influences of social, economic, political, and technological forces on content and developing strategies for critical analysis.

COM 406 Public Discourse on the Internet (5) I&S/VLPA

Study of public advocacy and persuasion in internet environments, including public interest advocacy sites, political campaigns, advertisements, editorials, and essays. Various critical models applied to analyze narratives, style, argument structure, and credibility of internet discourse. Recommended: COM 331, COM 435, or COM 436.

Public Affairs

PB AF 581 Information Technology and the Policy-Making Process (3)

Demystifies information base for policy making in democracies. Examines theoretical and practical issues associated with information processing in the public sector. Considers role of new technologies in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information with special attention to the relationship between these technologies and effective government service, public participation, and organizational accountability.

PB AF 583 Seminar in Science and Public Policy (3)

Issues and problems relating to the interaction of science and scientists with the public policy-making process. Science versus the nature and values of political processes, and the continuing tensions between the two. The evolving interaction between scientific and technical knowledge and political power; scientific versus ethical judgments. Role of science in the establishment of national goals. Plans and proposals for increasing governmental competence to deal with public policy issues involving science and technology.

PB AF 584 Seminar in Science and Public Policy (3)

Issues and problems relating to the interaction of science and scientists with the public policy-making process. Science versus the nature and values of political processes, and the continuing tensions between the two. The evolving interaction between scientific and technical knowledge and political power; scientific versus ethical judgments. Role of science in the establishment of national goals. Plans and proposals for increasing governmental competence to deal with public policy issues involving science and technology.

PB AF 585 Topics in Science, Technology, and Public Policy (3)

Examines relationship between advancement of technical knowledge and pace of technological change, and public policies to induce or respond to these trends. Generic issues of government research, development, and personnel training programs are addressed. Applications of policy issues involving biomedical, communications, energy, environmental, transportation, and weapons technologies.

PB AF 586 International Science and Technology Policy (3)

Seminar is designed: first, to analyze the relationships between research and development policy, capabilities, and national technological strategies for advanced industrial and less-developed countries; second, to deal with the international implications of particular technologies as countries try to make policy for them in regional and global organizations. Examples of specific technologies are chosen from such fields as space telecommunication, weather and climate modification, airline transportation, nuclear energy, and seabed exploitation.

Social Sciences interdisciplinary:

SOCSCI 202 Genomics, Human Life, and the Future of Society: Social Science Perspectives (5) I&S/NW Bonadio, Tupper

Examines the relationship between science and society. Explores scientific developments over the past 50-years with a particular emphasis on genetic research and its consequences and asks a fundamental question about what it means to be human.

Informatics/Library/Information Science

INFO 444 Value-Sensitive Design (5)

Introduction to value-sensitive design (VSD), information system design that accounts for human values in a principled and comprehensive manner. Examination of existing systems from a VSD perspective. Explores VSD research methods including conceptual, technical, empirical investigations. Key values include accountability, autonomy, consent, privacy, property, trust, sustainability. Prerequisite: CSE 373.

INSC 540 User-Centered Information System Design (4)

Seminar in theories and methods for user-centered and system-centered approaches to information system design. Research and issues in the design process, development, and evaluation of information systems. Technical context typically includes one or more of the following: information retrieval, human-computer interaction, or computer-supported cooperative work. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

INSC 550 Information Policy (4)

Doctoral seminar in the foundations of information policy including intellectual freedom s public/private good, intellectual property, privacy, and digital convergence, and the reshaping of information practices and information industries. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

LIS 550 Information in Social Context (4)

Concepts, processes, and issues related to the larger social context within which the life cycle of knowledge is played out. Discussion topics include intellectual freedom, information as public/private good, intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, information liability, information and telecommunications policy, the economics of information, and other professional values. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.

LIS 551 Intellectual Freedom in Libraries (3)

Analysis of issues related to intellectual freedom, particularly to implications for libraries and librarians. Consideration of current legal climate, conformity versus freedom in modern world, librarian as censor, social responsibility and individual freedom, intellectual freedom of children, prospects for future. Credit/no credit only.

LIS 554 Information Policy: Domestic and Global (5)

National and international information policy: public and private sector policy in terms of privacy, access, and exploitation; technology infrastructures and policies supporting the information industries; digital convergence and the emerging mega-industries. Prerequisite: LIS 550 or permission of instructor.

LIS 558 Reading Seminar in Social Aspects of Information Systems (2)

Addresses foundational issues in social aspects of information systems. Introduces students to the intellectual traditions that underlie fields such as computer ethics, social informatics, and value sensitive design. Format entails in-depth discussions based on careful reading of primary source texts selected by seminar participants. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

LIS 559 Special Topics in the Social Context of information (1-4, max. 18)

Introduction to innovative and specialized topics in the social context of information. Course may be offered irregularly and may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: LIS 550 and others as determined by the specific topic covered. Instructor Course Description: Frank Coker red for school library media specialists. Prerequisite: LIS 580.

LIS 586 Public Libraries and Advocacy (3)

Examines the purpose and role of public libraries in an information society. Includes governance, services, and planning with special emphasis on advocacy for the library and community.

IMT 551 Law and Ethics in Information Management (3)

Select concepts, processes, and issues related to the organizational contexts within which information professionals practice. Topics include information as public/private good, intellectual property, privacy, confidentiality, information liability, and information policy. Focus on contemporary issues affecting the role of the information manager.


HIST 315 History of Technology to 1940 (5) I&S

Technology since the Middle Ages, in its social and historical contexts. From the medieval foundations of metal working, its social consequences and the establishment of a class of engineering practitioners, to the transformation of American rural life, domestic technology, and industry before World War II. Instructor Course Description: Bruce W Hevly

HSTAA 316 History of American Science (5) I&S

History of science in the United States, including migration of European science, development in colonial America, growth of an American scientific community, and expansion of American science in the twentieth century. Issues of scientific attitudes to the natural world, race, ethnicity, and gender are included.