Technology and Culture|
Spring 2019 not offered
Technology is defined as the branch of knowledge that deals with the industrial arts--that is, as the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. But this definition belies the complexity and importance of the phenomenon. In this seminar, we will look at technology as more than the handmaiden of science, focusing on the roles we have assigned it in politics, economics, and society writ large. In addition to considering the physical impacts of technology on the environment we live in and on ourselves, we examine technology as an analytical category, a frame of reference we employ in navigating our relationship to the world and to each other.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
Frances & Joseph Gies, CATHEDRAL, FORGE, AND WATERWHEEL: TECHNOLOGY AND INVENTION IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Michael Adas, MACHINES AS THE MEASURE OF MEN: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND IDEOLOGIES OF WESTERN DOMINANCE
Wolfgang Schivelbusch, THE RAILWAY JOURNEY: THE INDUSTRIALIZATION OF TIME AND SPACE IN THE 19TH CENTURY
Ruth Schwartz Cowan, MORE WORK FOR MOTHER: THE IRONIES OF HOUSEHOLD TECHNOLOGY FROM THE OPEN HEARTH TO THE MICROWAVE
Ruth Oldenziel and Karin Zachman, eds. COLD WAR KITCHEN: AMERICANIZATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND EUROPEAN USERS
Paul Edwards, A VAST MACHINE: COMPUTER MODELS, CLIMATE DATA, AND THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL WARMING
Sherry Turkle, ALONE TOGETHER: WHY WE EXPECT MORE FROM TECHNOLOGY AND LESS FROM EACH OTHER
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Seminar presentations where students lead discussion, a paper, and reading response portfolios.