Science, Technology, and Society

History C182C

Spring 2015
Instructor: 
Instructor: 
Davis Winickoff
Location: 
101 BARKER
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A
CCN: 
39683
Units: 
4

Be it bugs, buildings, or bits, what humans imagine and construct is tightly interconnected with the societies they live in. This course provides an overview of the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) as a way to study how our knowledge and technology shape and are shaped by social, political, historical, economic, and other factors. We will learn key concepts of the field (e.g. how technologies are understood and used differently in different communities) and apply them to a wide range of topics including geography, history, environmental and information science, and others. Questions this course will address include: how are scientific facts constructed? How are values embedded in technical systems? Can non-humans have agency? Is it possible to dissociate science and politics? What is scientific evidence and how do we use it?

Notes: 

Cross-listed with Interdisciplinary Studies Field Maj C100G section 1 and Science and Technology Studies C100 section 1