STS.340J / ESD.52J Introduction to the History of Technology

As taught in: Fall 2006

Several people standing next to gun turret of USS Monitor.

View on deck of the USS Monitor looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Virginia, 9 July 1862. (Image courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.)




Prof. David Mindell

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the consideration of technology as the outcome of particular technical, historical, cultural, and political efforts, especially in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include industrialization of production and consumption, development of engineering professions, the emergence of management and its role in shaping technological forms, the technological construction of gender roles, and the relationship between humans and machines.