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Cluster: Freedom, Privacy, and Technology

The aim of this cluster is to provide the knowledge that will enable those who complete the cluster to face thoughtfully the question of the appropriate use of and limitations upon modern technology. One important feature of the cluster is that it brings together actual sciences with humanistic and social science disciplines.

Cluster Coordinator:  Alan MacCormack
Office:  CH 117
Phone: 503-725-8430

Sophomore Inquiry: Freedom, Privacy, and Technology

(UNST 230)

Privacy and freedom are highly valued, and are to some extent protected by the U.S. Constitution. Recent rapid advance in science and technology, combined with compelling motives to use this technology to control and exploit aspects of human life that have heretofore been left to chance or to individual choice, make urgent the questions about what uses of technology should be encouraged or permitted.

This SINQ leads to the Freedom, Privacy, and Technology Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 14-15

Note: Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses for the 2014 - 2015 year. 


BI 346U / WS 346U
Genes and Society
BI 372U / SCI 372U Nanotechnology: Society and Sustainability
CCJ 355U Perspectives on Terrorism
COMM 312U  Media Literacy 
CR 304U  Participating in Democracy
CS / SYSC 346U  Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology (crosslisted with SYSC 346U) 
CS 347U  The Internet Age
CS 348U  Digital Media and Society
HST 339U Environment and History
HST 387U  History of Modern Science
PH 382U / SCI 382U Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
PHE 351U  Film and Health
PHL 306U  Science and Pseudoscience 
PHL 308U  Elementary Ethics 
PHL 309U  Business Ethics 
PHL 310U  Environmental Ethics
PHL 311U  Morality of Punishment 
PHL 312U / WS 312U Feminist Philosophy (crosslisted with WS 312U)
PHL 313U  Life and Death Issues 
PHL 314U  Computer Ethics 
PHL 320U  Critical Thinking 
PHL 333U  Philosophy of Law
PHL 355U  Morality and Health Care 
PHL 378U / SCI 378U Learning Science through Science Fiction
PS 318U  Media, Opinion and Voting 
PS 325U  Politics and the Legal Enforcement of Morals 
SCI 355U / PHL 378U  Learning Science Through Science Fiction (crosslisted with PHL 378U) 
SCI 359U  Biopolitics
SCI 361U Science: Power-Knowledge
SCI 363U  Ethics in Science 
SCI  / WS 365U Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with WS 365U) 
SCI 372U / BI 372U Nanotechnology: Science and Sustainability
SCI 382U / PH 382U Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
SYSC / CS 346U  Exploring Complexity in Science and Technology (crosslisted with CS 346U) 
SYSC 336U Networks and Society
SYSC 332U Introduction to Agent Based Modeling

WS / PHL 312U

Feminist Philosophy (crosslisted with PHL 312U)
WS / BI 346U Genes and Society (crosslisted with BI 346U)
WS / SCI 365U  Science of Women's Bodies (crosslisted with SCI 365U)