MAS.963 Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others

Spring 2002

Defining a person through their books, an abstract image.
Defining a person through objects, in this case books. Image inspired by the work of Danah Boyd. See Assignment 8 in the Projects section. (Image by Keith McCluskey.)

Course Highlights

This course challenges students to re-think the nature of identity and perception in relation to new technology.  The projects section contains a thorough set of examples of the work of this class, and the readings section lists resources for more in-depth study.

Course Description

The nature of human identity - how we think of ourselves, how we perceive others - is a mutable concept, changing with the rise and fall of religious beliefs, social mores, philosophical theories. Today, we live in a world in which science and technology are among the most powerful forces reshaping our culture - and thus our definitions and perceptions of identity. In this seminar, we will examine the impact of science and technology on identity.

The instructor's course page may be viewed at http://smg.media.mit.edu/classes/IdentitySeminar/

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Judith Donath

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
One session / week
3 hours / session

Level

Graduate