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STS 214 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies Fall, 2011

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    Jul 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    First, the class is structured so well. She had to-do lists that outline what needs to be done for the week. It's so clear and concise. For most weeks, she'll link the readings and case study and put them on the list. Then she'll tell you to do the discussion posts and replies, and if you have a quiz that week, she'll put that on the list as well. The date ranges are very clear and bold, so you know exactly when things open and when they are due. Second, she is really responsive to students. She will email you back right away if you have a problem. Her answers are always helpful and you can tell she cares about your success. The discussion posts are really interesting, actually, and they spark a lot of great discourse. As long as you follow the grading criteria which includes citing sources in the reading, you'll get a great grade. The best part about citing answers is that you don't have to do it in MLA or APA format. You just have to mention where you found that information in the text. Since the course is so discussion based, grading is very open ended and she is usually very generous with giving out good grades. As long as you do the reading and complete the responses in time, you'll probably get an A.

    Course highlights:

    It involves a lot of your thoughts and opinions and is more discussion based which is easier and you learn more! It's interesting to see the opinions of others on subjects where you have formed your own educated ideas. The discussion aspect made it a lot less stressful because if you completed everything the way she wanted she gave you an amazing grade. It wasn't hard at all to follow her guidelines, either.I learned a lot about the way technology influences our society in many ways we never even thought of. For example, you will learn about political motivations behind everyday transportation systems. The course material teaches you things you didn't know were happening every day in the world around you! I didn't think I'd have any interest in the course but I really enjoyed it.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep up with her to-do lists and you'll do great! The readings are always important and make sure you cite your information in your response. If you do that, you'll do great.

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