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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY CONCENTRATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


Dean Richard Lariviere of the College of Liberal Arts has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes in the requirements for the science, technology, and society concentration in the College of Liberal Arts of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2006-2008. The faculty of the school and the dean approved the proposed changes on November 4, 2005. The dean submitted the changes to the secretary on November 21, 2005. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.

The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications on April 10, 2006, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on April 11, 2006. The committee forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty on May 1, 2006, recommending approval. The authority to grant final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty Council.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by noon on May 8, 2006.

Greninger signature
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The Faculty Council


This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council Web site (http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on May 1, 2006. Paper copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.

4756


CHANGES IN THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY CONCENTRATION IN
THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS CHAPTER OF
THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2006-2008


On page 271, under the heading DEGREES, in the BACHELOR OF ARTS, PLAN I section in the College of Liberal Arts chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2004-2006, make the following changes:


Science, Technology, and Society

The goal of this concentration is to prepare students to use emerging technologies humanely and critically; to participate thoughtfully in public discourse about new [technologies] scientific and technological innovation; and to understand the consequences of public and private decisions about [technology] scientific advancements and technologies. The concentration is designed to allow students to gain experience [with the application of] in analyzing historical, philosophical, rhetorical, economic, political, aesthetic, and scientific practices[,] and methods of inquiry[, and theories in technologically rich environments]. Students have the opportunity to [practice the new literacies that are required to thrive in these environments by exploring new ways of seeking, using, and representing information] explore social impacts of rapid scientific and technological change. The program integrates approaches from the liberal arts, social sciences, and humanities with new developments in science and technology. The science, technology, and society concentration focuses on several key areas, including nanotechnology, gaming, collaborative work and work-life, education, health care, and computer-mediated communication.

The program of study is designed to complement the major by helping the student to gain a richer and more profound understanding of the dynamic relationships among science, technology, culture, and the individual. The concentration is open to liberal arts majors and, with the approval of their deans, to students in other colleges and schools.

The student must fulfill the following requirements.

1. A departmental major or the equivalent.

2. Eighteen semester hours of coursework, consisting of Science, Technology, and Society [321] 319 and 331; [twelve] nine hours of related coursework; and a capstone seminar, Science, Technology, and Society 360. A list of related courses that will fulfill this requirement is available from the science, technology, and society adviser; courses that are not on the list may be used with written consent of the adviser.



RATIONALE: To clarify and update the nature of the science, technology, and society (STS) concentration to better reflect the content of the courses being offered. The science, technology & society 319 course provides a broad overview of the major themes of the program and is the most appropriate course to be considered core curriculum. The science, technology & society 321 course does not provide the same level of overview content and is more appropriately listed under related coursework rather than a core requirement. The science, technology & society 331 course is an upper-division topics class; individual sections vary greatly in terms of course content. It is recommended that all students earning the STS concentration should be required to take at least one STS 331 course. Since we are recommending both STS 319 and 331 be required, we have reduced the related course work necessary to earn the concentration from twelve to nine hours.