Fall 2014





Technology and Society

Term: 
Fall 2014
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
STSC 003 601
Schedule: 
Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm
Day(s): 
Tuesday
Instructor: 

COLLOPY, PETER S

Crosslistings: 
HSOC003601
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

Technology plays an increasing role in our understandings of ourselves, our communities, and our societies, in how we think about politics and war, science and religion, work and play. Humans have made and used technologies for thousands, if not millions of years. In this course, we will use this history as a resource to understand how technologies affect social relations and, conversely, how the culture of a society shapes the technologies it produces. Do different technologies produce or result from different economic systems like feudalism, capitalism, and communism? Can specific technologies promote democratic or authoritarian politics? Do they suggest or enforce different patterns of race, class or gender relations? Among the technologies we’ll consider will be large objects like cathedrals, bridges, and airplanes; small ones like guns, clocks, and birth control pills; and networks like the electrical grid, the highway system, and the internet.