History 101.014

Spring 2011
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205 Wheeler
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TTh 3:30-5P
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Science and technology are constitutive dimensions of our way of life. Think, for example, of the way in which scientific objectivity is routinely associated with fairness, impartiality, disinterested decision-making, and democracy. Or, think of the rapidly changing technological infrastructure of our social life. Only recently, however, have scholars started paying adequate attention to the close interaction between science, technology, and the rest of the social worlds we inhabit. This seminar will invite students to engage historically with questions of technoscientific change, and to conduct research on topics related to the development of scientific knowledge and technological artifacts, and the way they shape, and are shaped by, historical and social circumstances.