Since early modernity, the sciences have developed their own moral economies at a distance from other social fields. More recently, however, the border between science and the rest of society is becoming more porous, and changes in scientific knowledge are affecting almost every facet of late-modern cultures, from diagnosis and treatment of diseases to preparation for climate change.
The Science and Society subject area helps Anthropology MA students ethnographically and historically investigate how scientific research is informed by and informs social processes. Coursework and research opportunities introduce students to problems emerging at the intersection of science and society, offer methodological tools with which to address these problems, and draw students' attention to key issues that can serve as subjects of important research projects.
Students are encouraged to complete four relevant courses and to avail themselves of New York City’s rich science resources. Available courses in the 2021-2022 academic year include:
Please refer to the course archive spreadsheet for a list of current and past courses in this subject area.
Associate professor of anthropology Nicolas Langlitz is available to advise students on coursework, fieldwork, and other learning opportunities. Anthropology faculty are also available to help students conduct fieldwork on a science-related question.
This subject area is an informal path in the Anthropology program and does not appear on students' transcripts or diplomas.