Summer Courses 2012





Cultures of Science and Technology

Term: 
Summer 2013
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH)
Course Number: 
ANTH 260 920
Schedule: 
Tuesday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Schedule: 
Thursday 5:30pm-8:40pm
Day(s): 
Tuesday
Day(s): 
Thursday
Instructor: 

Joiner, Michael

Crosslistings: 
STSC268920
Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Course Description: 

Science and technology figure centrally in the economic, political, and socio-cultural changes that impact on our worlds. Happenings in the life sciences, including the discovery of new genes and genomic processes, pathways, and processes, are redrawing concepts of the body and human nature and re-figuring social and political relations. The seminar starts from the premise that scientific facts are made, not things existing a priori.  Focusing on the biosciences, we explore the production of science and technology and how they 1) affect individuals, self-identities, subjectivity, and social relationships; 2) have interacted with or reinforced political programs, unequal access to knowledge, and patterns of social injustice; 3) inform contemporary institutional structures, strategies of governance, and practices of citizenship. We will combine methods and perspectives from social and cultural anthropology, the philosophy and history of science, and the social studies of science and technology, in addition to relying on historical case studies, ethnographies of science, scientific and medical journals, documentary films and media reports. Students are encouraged to email the instructor at mjoiner@sas.upenn.edu if they have any questions regarding the course.

Syllabus: 

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