21A.340J / STS.075J Technology and Culture

Fall 2006

Crowds of people in a public square.
Composite photo of crowds at Westlake Center in Seattle, Washington. (Image courtesy of sparky.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings and outlines of lecture notes.

Course Description

This course examines relationships among technology, culture, and politics in a variety of social and historical settings ranging from 19th century factories to 21st century techno dance floors, from colonial Melanesia to capitalist Massachusetts. We will be interested in whether technology has produced a better world, and for whom.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Stefan Helmreich

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
One session / week
3 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate

*Translations

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