Summer Courses





Technology & Society

Term: 
Summer 2014
Online: 
No
Course Number: 
STSC 003 920
Schedule: 
Monday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Schedule: 
Wednesday 1:15pm-5:05pm
Day(s): 
Monday
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

SHIELDS, BRITTANY A

Crosslistings: 
HSOC003920
Primary Program: 
School of Arts and Sciences
Secondary Program: 
The Pre-College Program
Secondary Program: 
The Young Scholars Program
Course Description: 

"We shape our technolgies; thereafter they shape us." This course surveys the ways in which technology has shaped our societies and our relations with the natural world. We will examine the origins and impact of technical developments throughout human history and across the globe -- from stone tools, agriculture and cave painting to ancient cities, metallurgy and aqueducts; from windmills, cathedrals, steam engines and electricity to atom bombs, the internet and genetic engineering. We will pay attention to the aesthetic, religious, and mythical dimensions of technological change and consider the circumstances in which innovations emerge as well as their effects on social order, on the environment, and on the ways humans understand themselves.

Syllabus: 

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