UC Berkeley offers a rich and diverse set of undergraduate courses across campus to pursue the multiple intersections of science, technology and society (STS). The ISF Research Field in STS is the only place at Berkeley where undergraduates can pursue a research program in this subject. Students in this field study not only the social preconditions for scientific investigation but also the social consequences of scientific and technological developments and the ways in which these processes are themselves shaped by society. STS is premised on a specific demarcation problem–not the classic demarcation of science from non-science but the difficulty, if not impossibility, of demarcating science and technology as autonomous activities and objects, independent of the society out of which they arise and presumably serve.
Students studying STS will find challenging courses in Anthropology, English, ESPM, ERG, Geography, History, Political Science, Rhetoric and Women’s Studies as well as in many of the Science Departments themselves. The range of topics covered in STS is capacious and includes: the social history of the scientific revolutions; the contexts of discovery and the rhetorics of justification for scientific developments; the social determinants of technological pathways; the cultural aspects of new probabilistic modes of rationality and explanation; the traffic between political economy and the biological sciences in the long nineteenth century; the uses to which science was put in defense of apartheid and Empire and the naturalization of sexual differences; how and why the social sciences often become mathematized and positivistic in nature; the responsibilities of scientists in the Atomic Age; how the Cold War shaped the development of science and technology; the political and legal dimensions of pharmaceutical and stem cell research; the use and misuse of tests of statistical significance in the study of climate change; the ways in which Big Data change and even create social phenomena; the politics of transition in energy systems; the exploration of what speculative and science fiction says about the hopes and anxieties about bioengineered post-humans and “amortal” cyborgs; and the normative and empirical study of the ways in which science is, or should be, held accountable to democratic procedures.
Library Resources is forthcoming; meanwhile, please contact Lynn Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent ISF Senior Theses
- Promoting Agriculture in the City: Urban Agriculture, City Planning, and Public Policy in Cuba and Brazil
- Getting Around: The Failure of Mass Transportation and the Advent of Car-Sharing in Modern Western Cities
- Urban Renewal in the Modern City: Can We Redevelop Without Marginalizing?
- Greening the City: What can Detroit learn from Sussex?
- The Present and Future of Sustainable Buildings: How They Emerged, Why They Matter
- Healthy Cities? How Cities in Western Europe and the United States are Becoming Spaces for Longer, More Meaningful Lives
- Public Housing Programs in Singapore and the United States: A Historical and Comparative Analysis
- Planned Urban Development? How Rocinha Was Integrated into Rio de Janeiro
- Going “Green”: How and Why Buildings are Turning the Leaf and Adopting Greener Practices
- What Would Happen if Our Policies Worked? The Consequences of Eliminating Urban Informal Sectors in Developing Countries
- The Democratic Transition to Sustainability in Urban Environments
- How Do We Protect Them? Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities in Modern Urban Contexts
Relevant UC Berkeley Courses
- Sociology 136: Urban Sociology
- Education C181: Race, Identity, and Culture in Urban Schools
- Environmental Design 102: Critical Debates in Sustainable Urbanism
- Architecture 170A: An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism
- City and Regional Planning 140: Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making
- City and Regional Planning 119: Planning for Sustainability
- Economics 155: Urban Economics
- Anthropology 189: Cities and Citizenship
- History 134A: The Age of the City, 1825-1933
- International and Area Studies 158AC: Social Movements, Urban Histories, and the Politics of Memory
Allaway, Arthur W., William C. Black, Michael D. Richard, and J. Barry Mason. 1994. “Evolution of a Retail Market Area: An Event-History Model of Spatial Diffusion.” Economic Geography 70(1):23–40.
Anas, Alex, Richard Arnott, and Kenneth A. Small. 1998. “Urban Spatial Structure.” Journal of Economic Literature 36(3):1426–64.
Anderson, Elijah. 2000. Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City. Reprint edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Benevolo, Leonardo. 1971. The Origins of Modern Town Planning. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Bertaud, Alain and Bertrand Renaud. 1997. “Socialist Cities without Land Markets.” Journal of Urban Economics 41(1):137–51.
Bishop, Ryan, John Phillips, and Wei Wei Yeo, eds. 2003. Postcolonial Urbanism: Southeast Asian Cities and Global Processes. New York: Routledge.
Bourgois, Philippe. 2003. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Brooks, Nancy, Kieran Donaghy, and Gerrit-Jan Knaap, eds. 2011. The Oxford Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning. New York: Oxford University Press.
Brueckner, Jan K., Jacques-Francois Thisse, and Yves Zenou. 1999. “Why Is Central Paris Rich and Downtown Detroit Poor? An Amenity-Based Theory.” European Economic Review 43(1):91–107.
Bullard, Robert D., ed. 2007. Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Burgess, Rod. 1978. “Petty Commodity Housing or Dweller Control? A Critique of John Turner’s Views on Housing Policy.” World Development 6(9-10):1105–33.
Calame, Jon and Esther Charlesworth. 2012. Divided Cities: Belfast, Beirut, Jerusalem, Mostar, and Nicosia. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Castells, Manuel. 1977. The Urban Question: A Marxist Approach. 1st ed. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Castells, Manuel. 2002. The Castells Reader on Cities and Social Theory. Edited by Ida Susser. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
Castells, Manuel. 2002. “Collective Consumption and Urban Contradictions in Advanced Capitalism.” Pp. 107–229 in The Castells Reader on Cities and Social Theory, edited by Ida Susser. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.
Chattopadhyay, Swati. 2005. Representing Calcutta: Modernity, Nationalism and the Colonial Uncanny. London and New York: Routledge.
Chauncey, George. 1995. Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books.
Corbin, Alain. 1996. Women for Hire: Prostitution and Sexuality in France after 1850. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Dagger, Richard. 2003. “Stopping Sprawl for the Good of All: The Case for Civic Environmentalism.” Journal of Social Philosophy 34(1):28–43.
Davis, Diane. 1994. Urban Leviathan: Mexico City in the Twentieth Century. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Dawdy, Shannon Lee. 2009. Building the Devil’s Empire: French Colonial New Orleans. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Desai, Renu and Romola Sanyal, eds. 2012. Urbanizing Citizenship: Contested Spaces in Indian Cities. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Engels, Friedrich. 2009. The Condition of the Working Class in England. Edited by David McLellan. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Engels, Friedrich. 2011. “The Great Towns.” Pp. 46-55 in The City Reader, edited by Richard T. LeGates and Frederic Stout. New York: Routledge.
Fainstein, Susan S., Ian Gordon, and Michael Harloe, eds. 1992. Divided Cities: New York and London in the Contemporary World. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
Fernandes, Edésio. 2007. “Constructing the ‘Right To the City’ in Brazil.” Social & Legal Studies 16(2):201–19.
Fernandes, Edésio. 2007. “Constructing the ‘Right To the City’ in Brazil.” Social & Legal Studies 16(2):201–19.
Fischer, Claude S. 1976. The Urban Experience. New York: Thomson Learning.
Fischer, Claude S. 1995. “The Subcultural Theory of Urbanism: A Twentieth-Year Assessment.” American Journal of Sociology101(3):543–77.
Fischer, Claude S., Robert Max Jackson, C. Ann Stueve, Kathleen Gerson, Lynne McCallister ones, and Mark Baldasare. 1978. Networks and Places: Social Relations in the Urban Setting. New York: Free Press.
de la Fuente, Alejandro. 2008. Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press.
Gans, Herbert J. 1982. The Levittowners: Ways of Life and Politics in a New Suburban Community. New York: Columbia University Press.
Gans, Herbert J. 1982. Urban Villagers: Group and Class in the Life of Italian-Americans. New York: The Free Press.
Goffman, Alice. 2014. On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Goldstein, Donna M. 2003. Laughter Out of Place: Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Gowan, Teresa. 2010. Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Graham, Steve and Simon Marvin. 2001. Splintering Urbanism: Networked Infrastructures, Technological Mobilities and the Urban Condition. London and New York: Routledge.
Habermas, Jürgen. 1991. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Hannerz, Ulf. 1983. Exploring the City. New York: Columbia University Press.
Hao, Zhidong. 2011. Macau: History and Society. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
Head, Keith and John Ries. 1996. “Inter-City Competition for Foreign Investment: Static and Dynamic Effects of China’s Incentive Areas.” Journal of Urban Economics 40(1):38–60.
Hall, Thomas. 1997. Planning Europe’s Capital Cities: Aspects of Nineteenth-Century Urban Development. London and New York: Routledge.
Hall, Peter. 1998. Cities in Civilization. New York: Pantheon.
Hall, Peter. 2014. Cities of Tomorrow: An Intellectual History of Urban Planning and Design Since 1880. 4th ed. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hamnett, Chris. 2003. Unequal City: London in the Global Arena. New York: Routledge.
Hannerz, Ulf. 1983. Exploring the City: Inquiries Toward an Urban Anthropology. New York: Columbia University Press.
Harvey, David. 1978. “The Urban Process Under Capitalism: A Framework for Analysis.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2):101–31.
Harvey, David. 2005. Paris, Capital of Modernity. New York: Routledge.
Harvey, David. 2009. Social Justice and the City. Revised edition. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
Hayek, F. A. 2007. “Chapter 5: Planning and Democracy” and “Chapter 6: Planning and the Rule of Law.” Pp. 59–90 in The Road to Serfdom, edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Hohenberg, Paul M. and Lynn Hollen Lees. 1995. The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1994, Revised Edition. Revised edition. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Holston, James, ed. 1998. Cities and Citizenship. Durham NC: Duke University Press.
Hou, Jeffrey, ed. 2010. Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities. New York: Routledge.
Isin, Engin F. 2003. “Historical Sociology of the City.” Pp. 312–25 in Handbook of Historical Sociology, edited by Gerard Delanty and Engin F. Isin. London: SAGE Publications.
Jackson, Kenneth T. 1987. Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States. 1st ed. New York: Oxford University Press.
Jacobs, Jane. 1961. The Death and Life of Great American Cities. New York: Random House.
Katz, Michael B. 2013. The Undeserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation with Poverty. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Katznelson, Ira. 1994. Marxism and the City. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Keene, Derek. 2005. “Cities and Empires.” Journal of Urban History 32(1):8–21.
Kefalas, Maria. 2003. Working-Class Heroes: Protecting Home, Community, and Nation in a Chicago Neighborhood. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Keller, Suzanne. 1968. The Urban Neighborhood: A Sociological Perspective. New York: Random House.
Klinenberg, Eric. 2003. Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Klosterman, Richard E. 1985. “Arguments for and Against Planning.” The Town Planning Review 56(1):5–20.
Krishan, G. 1986. “Is India Overurbanised?” Population Geography 8(1-2):76–81.
Lees, Andrew. 2002. Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Lees, Andrew and Lynn Hollen Lees. 2008. Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914. New York: Cambridge University Press.
LeGates, Richard T. and Frederic Stout, eds. 2011. The City Reader. 5th ed. New York: Routledge.
Liebow, Elliott. 2003. Tally’s Corner: A Study of Negro Streetcorner Men. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
Lin, Jan and Christopher Mele, eds. 2012. The Urban Sociology Reader. New York: Routledge.
Lodhi, Abdul Qaiyum Lodhi and Charles Tilly. 1973. “Urbanization, Crime, and Collective Vioelence in 19th-Century France.” American Journal of Sociology 79(2):296–318.
Logan, John R. and Harvey Molotch. 1988. Urban Fortunes: The Political Economy of Place. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Low, Setha. 1996. “The Anthropology of Cities: Imagining and Theorizing the City.” Annual Reviews of Anthropology (25):383–409.
Marcus, Steven. 1985. Engels, Manchester, and the Working Class. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
Marcuse, Peter and Ronald Van Kempen, eds. 2011. Globalizing Cities. A New Spatial Order? Cambridge: Wiley-Blackwell.
Marks, Carole. 1991. “The Urban Underclass.” Annual Review of Sociology 17(1):445–66.
Massey, Douglas S. and Nancy A. Denton. 1998. American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Mathews, Gordon. 2011. Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press.
McElligott, Anthony. 2001. The German Urban Experience: Modernity and Crisis, 1900-1945. London and New York: Routledge.
Mumford, Lewis. 1968. The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects. New York: Harvest.
Musterd, Sako, Alan Murie, and Christian Kesteloot, eds. 2006. Neighbourhoods of Poverty: Urban Social Exclusion and Integration in Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Paddison, Ronan, ed. 2001. Handbook of Urban Studies. London: SAGE Publications.
Palen, J. John. 2014. The Urban World. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Park, Robert E., Ernest W. Burgess, and Morris Janowitz. 1984. The City: Suggestions for Investigation of Human Behavior in the Urban Environment. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Patel, Sujata and Kushal Deb, eds. 2009. Urban Studies. New Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press.
Pattillo, Mary. 2007. Black on the Block: The Politics of Race and Class in the City. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press.
Peck, Jamie. 2005. “Struggling with the Creative Class.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 29(4):740–70.
Porter, Michael E. 1996. “The Competitive Advantage of the Inner City.” Pp. 278–91 in The City Reader, edited by Richard T. and Frederic Stout. London and New York: Routledge.
Pressly, Paul M. 2013. On the Rim of the Caribbean: Colonial Georgia and the British Atlantic World. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
Rappaport, Erika. 2001. Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London’s West End. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Rittel, Horst W. J. and Melvin M. Webber. 1973. “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning.” Policy Sciences 4(2):155–69.
Ross, Catherine E., John R. Reynolds, and Karlyn J. Geis. 2000. “The Contingent Meaning of Neighborhood Stability for Residents’ Psychological Well-Being.” American Sociological Review 65(4):581–97.
Samara, Tony Roshan. 2011. Cape Town after Apartheid: Crime and Governance in the Divided City. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
Sampson, Robert J. 2012. Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Chicago, IL: University Of Chicago Press.
Sandercock, Leonie, ed. 1998. Making the Invisible Visible: A Multicultural Planning History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Sassen, Saskia. 2001. The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Sassen, Saskia J. 2011. Cities in a World Economy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Scherzer, Kenneth A. 1992. The Unbounded Community: Neighborhood Life and Social Structure in New York City, 1830–1875. Durham, NC: Duke University Press Books.
Schorske, Carl E. 1979. Fin-De-Siecle Vienna: Politics and Culture. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Sennett, Richard, ed. 1969. Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities. New York: Prentice Hall.
Sennett, Richard. 1992. The Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Sennett, Richard. 1996. Flesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western Civilization. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
Simmel, Georg. 1950. “The Metropolis and Mental Life.” Pp. 409–24 in The Sociology of Georg Simmel, edited by Kurt H. Wolff. New York: Free Press.
Smith, David A. 1995. “The New Urban Sociology Meets the Old: Rereading Some Classical Human Ecology.” Urban Affairs Review 30(3):432–57.
Soja, Edward W. and Costis Hadjimichalis. 1985. “Between Geographical Materialism and Spatial Fetishims: Some Observations on the Development of Marxist Spatial Analysis.” Antipode 17(2-3):59–67.
South, Scott J. and Kyle D. Crowder. 1998. “Leaving the ’Hood: Residential Mobility between Black, White, and Integrated Neighborhoods.” American Sociological Review 63(1):17–26.
Sparks, Randy J. 2014. Where the Negroes Are Masters: An African Port in the Era of the Slave Trade. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Stern, Philip J. 2012. The Company-State: Corporate Sovereignty and the Early Modern Foundations of the British Empire in India. New York: Oxford University Press.
Szelenyi, Ivan and Janos Ladanyi. 2006. Patterns of Exclusion: Constructing Gypsy Ethnicity and the Making of an Underclass in Transitional Societies of Europe. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
Turner, John C. 1967. “Barriers and Channels for Housing Development in Modernizing Countries.” Journal of the American Institute of Planners 33(3):167–81.
Venkatesh, Sudhir. 2009. Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Wacquant, Loïc. 2007. Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality. Cambridge and Malden: Polity Press.
Wagenaar, Michel. 1992. “Conquest of the Center of Flight to the Suburbs? Divergent Metropolitan Strategies in Europe, 1850-1914.” Journal of Urban History 19:60–83.
Waldinger, Roger, ed. 2001. Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.
Walkowitz, Judith R. 1992. City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London. 1st ed. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Walton, John. 1993. “Urban Sociology: The Contribution and Limits of Political Economy.” Annual Review of Sociology 19:301–20.
Ward, Kerry. 2007. “Tavern of the Seas? The Cape of Good Hope as an Oceanic Crossroads During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.” Pp. 137–52 in Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures, and Transoceanic Exchanges, edited by Jerry H. Bentley, Renate Bridenthal, and Karen Wigen. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press.
Wasserstrom, Jeffrey N. 2009. Global Shanghai, 1850–2010. London and New York: Routledge.
Weber, Max. 1969. “The Nature of the City.” Pp. 23–46 in Classic Essays on the Culture of Cities, edited by Richard Sennett. New York: Prentice Hall.
Weber, Rachel and Randall Crane, eds. 2012. The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning. New York: Oxford University Press.
Williams, Raymond. 1975. The Country and the City. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Wilson, William Julius. 1990. The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Wilson, William Julius. 1997. When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor. New York: Vintage.
Zilberg, Elana. 2011. Space of Detention: The Making of a Transnational Gang Crisis between Los Angeles and San Salvador. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
- Townsend Center for the Humanities Course Threads Program (http://coursethreads.berkeley.edu/course-threads/human-centered-design) (http://coursethreads.berkeley.edu/course-threads/humanities-environment)
- Institute of Urban and Regional Development; Research Centers, Urban Analytics Lab (http://iurd.berkeley.edu/)
- Center for Environmental Research Design; Research Centers, Cal Design Lab (http://ced.berkeley.edu/research/center-for-environmental-design-research/)
- Faculty Expertise Database; search faculty research profiles by searching research interest or expertise keywords (http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty-expertise?name=&expertise_area=la…)