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Catastrophic Risks and Solutions (CRS) Approved Courses

This concentration allows students to focus on understanding, anticipating, communicating, and reducing large-scale catastrophic risks, defined as threats to large cities, regions, ethnic groups, entire societies, human civilization, or humanity itself. Examples include climate change, pandemics, ecosystem collapse, famine, nuclear war, genocide, earthquakes, asteroid impacts, and uncontrolled or hostile artificial intelligence. Students in this concentration will choose one or several such risks and define a plan of study that includes analysis, tools for understanding, and current knowledge of how they might be solved or reduced in scale and scope. Examples of analysis and tools for understanding include scientific approaches (statistics, modeling), social science approaches (psychology, anthropology, or sociology of risk), and humanistic studies (history, fiction, film, art). 
 
The Catastrophic Risks and Solutions concentration will let students explore how natural, technological, economic, political, and social dimensions of catastrophic risks interact. For example, students might study how technological choices, history, socioeconomic status, and geography combine to shape which groups are most vulnerable to climate change. Or they might examine the factors that govern risk perception and willingness to pay for mitigation, and how those factors play out differently with respect to several major risks. Policy studies of particular risk-mitigation measures would be another avenue open to students in this concentration.
 
Students will learn to synthesize multiple approaches using STS analytical frameworks and sensibilities, which they cultivate through Major Core and Concentration Core courses.
 

How do I use this course list? Use the Courses menu to the left to select either Core Courses or Concentration Areas. Then use the 'Requirements' filter to identify which courses have been designated Socio-Cultural, Concentration Core (within Socio-Cultural), Technical, WIM and Global. 

A condensed PDF version of our course list is also available to help students plan their curriculum. Please note courses on this list are updated once per year. Please refer directly to ExploreCourses and the STS website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

 

Titlesort descending Notes Quarter Day, Time, Location
CEE 176B
100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (CEE 276B)
Clayton, Z., Yang, Y., Jacobson, M.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
MS&E 394
Advanced Methods in Modeling for Climate and Energy Policy
Weyant, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 21SI
AI for Social Good
Desai, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Friday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
CEE 278A
Air Pollution Fundamentals
Yang, Y., Ramesh, K., Hildemann, L.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
SUST 261
Art and Science of Decision Making
Robinson, B.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CS 372
Artificial Intelligence for Disease Diagnosis and Information Recommendations
Chang, E.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Liang, P., Kuck, J., Koh, P., Sadigh, D., Raghunathan, A., Palsson, M., Soylu, D., Kondrich, A., Lam, G., Sawhney, A., Wang, W., Jones, E., Lettiere, A., Kim, B., Hong, F., Zhang, Y., Li, V.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Hashimoto, T., Wu, J., Jones, R., Chen, J., Fang, F., Lam, G., Kaya, K., Zhou, Z., Wen, Y., Rajan, C., Wang, R., Lowe, S., Li, V.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Anari, N., Finn, C.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
EARTHSYS 111
Biology and Global Change (BIO 117, EARTHSYS 217, ESS 111)
Casciotti, K., Francisco, T., Saiz, G., Vitousek, P., Harris, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
BIOE 122
BioSecurity and Pandemic Resilience (EMED 122, EMED 222, PUBLPOL 122, PUBLPOL 222)
Trounce, M., Hallisey, O., Levit, A.
. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
EARTH 2
Climate and Society
Diffenbaugh, N., Burke, M., Lobell, D., Carlsen, L., Moldow, K., Wallis, G., Burwell, T.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
ESS 305
Climate Change: An Earth Systems Perspective
Diffenbaugh, N., Campolo, J.
2020-2021 Autumn
Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
PUBLPOL 116
Climate Perspectives: Climate Science, Impacts, Policy, Negotiations, and Advocacy (HUMBIO 116)
Nation, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
LAW 2513
Climate: Politics, Finance, and Infrastructure
Seiger, A., Gordon, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
4:15pm - 6:15pm
Law-Remote
LAW 2513
Climate: Politics, Finance, and Infrastructure
Seiger, A., Gordon, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
4:15pm - 6:15pm
Law-Remote
CS 155
Computer and Network Security
Harris, R., Boneh, D., Durumeric, Z.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
INTLPOL 240
Contemporary Issues in International Security
McMaster, H.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
12:30pm - 1:50pm
Remote
CS 231N
Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition
Li, F., Krishna, R., Xu, D.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
COMPLIT 371
Critical Theory and Ecology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (CHINA 371)
Wang, B.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
GEOLSCI 6
Data Science for Geoscience (EARTHSYS 100A)
Caers, J., Wang, L.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
EARTHSYS 227
Decision Science for Environmental Threats (ESS 227)
Wong-Parodi, G., Bouton, M.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Katanforoosh, K., Pal, A., Datta, A., Chuang, J., Kothari, T., Mousavi, S., Li, J., Garg, D., Zhou, S.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Sheng, H., Ruan, S., Arad Hudson, D., Katanforoosh, K., Datta, A., Desai, S., Chuang, J., Mousavi, S., Li, J., Hong, F.
2020-2021 Winter
Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Katanforoosh, K.
2020-2021 Spring
Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 273B
Deep Learning in Genomics and Biomedicine (BIODS 237, BIOMEDIN 273B, GENE 236)
Zou, J., Kundaje, A., Tseng, A., sundaram, l.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 421
Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well-Being
Aaker, J., Li, F., Alvarez, K., Tomasino, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
3:00pm - 6:00pm
DESINST 240
Designing Machine Learning: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Callaghan, E., Carney, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
STS 191W
Doing STS: Introduction to Research
Brito, E., Sato, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
10:30am - 11:20am
Remote
CEE 287
Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction
Miranda, E.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Remote
GEOPHYS 90
Earthquakes and Volcanoes (EARTHSYS 113)
Segall, P., Blackstone, L.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote
MS&E 243
Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis
Sweeney, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
ENERGY 101
Energy and the Environment (EARTHSYS 101)
Glenwright, K., Peshin, T., Durlofsky, L., Azevedo, I.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 101
Energy and the Environment (ENERGY 101)
Glenwright, K., Peshin, T., Durlofsky, L., Azevedo, I.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
ECON 17N
Energy, the Environment, and the Economy
Wolak, F.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:50am
STS 190
Environment and Society
Sato, K.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
ECON 155
Environmental Economics and Policy
Goulder, L.
2020-2021 Summer
Remote
ECON 155
Environmental Economics and Policy
Goulder, L., Aron-Dine, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
LAW 2504
Environmental Law and Policy
Thompson, B.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
11:10am - 12:40pm
Law-Remote
CEE 70
Environmental Science and Technology (ENGR 90)
Kopperud, R.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
CEE 70
Environmental Science and Technology (ENGR 90)
Kopperud, R.
2020-2021 Summer
Remote
BIOE 131
Ethics in Bioengineering (ETHICSOC 131X)
Magnus, D., Trotsyuk, A., Yang, L., Huang, C., Ruiz, C., Choi, M., Endy, D.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
EARTHSYS 185
Feeding Nine Billion
Lobell, D., Gonzales-Kramer, L., Kuppermann, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
GEOPHYS 201
Frontiers of Geophysical Research at Stanford (GEOPHYS 101)
Biondi, B., Tikoo, S.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
EARTHSYS 102
Fundamentals of Renewable Power (ENERGY 102)
Gerritsen, M., Glenwright, K., Kovscek, A.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 114
Global Change and Emerging Infectious Disease (EARTHSYS 214, ESS 213, HUMBIO 114)
Openshaw, J., Jones, J., Pullen, J., Zhou, B., Anderson, M., Petruska, L., Kuppermann, J., Cassells, S., Harryman, I.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
EASTASN 217
Health and Healthcare Systems in East Asia (EASTASN 117)
Eggleston, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
7:00pm - 8:20pm
Remote
HISTORY 203C
History of Ignorance
Proctor, R.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday
8:30am - 11:30am
Remote
EARTHSYS 112
Human Society and Environmental Change (EARTHSYS 212, ESS 112, HISTORY 103D)
Naylor, R., Saiz, G., Petruska, L., Randolph, M., Frank, Z.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote
INTNLREL 135A
International Environmental Law and Policy: Oceans and Climate Change
Chand, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote

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