STS.462 Social and Political Implications of Technology

As taught in: Spring 2006

Poster with young boy and caption 'Electricity For Him.'

The USDA's Rural Electrification Program used posters such as this to spread the word about the benefits of electricity for farmers and other rural people. (Image courtesy of USDA.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. David Mindell

Prof. Merritt Roe Smith

Course Description

This course is a graduate reading seminar, in which historical and contemporary studies are used to explore the interaction of technology with social and political values. Emphasis is on how technological devices, structures, and systems influence the organization of society and the behavior of its members. Examples are drawn from the technologies of war, transportation, communication, production, and reproduction.