CSE 175: Social and Ethical Issues in Information
Technolgy - Fall 2003
Optional Makeup Homework Assignment
These questions are optional, and you may do as few as you wish. They will
replace one homework set in which you got a low grade; please indicate which
set you wish to replace; you cannot get more points than the number in the set
you are replacing, so do not do more problems than are in that set. The
answers are due the last day of class (3 December).
- Discuss some limitations of the so-called "production possibility
frontier model," using examples from McCain's webtext.
- Explain why scientists are justifiably reluctant to abandon a paradigm
(in the sense of Kuhn).
- Explain reflexivity (in the sense of sociological theorizing) and give
details of an example from ANT.
- State Douglass North's definition of "institution" and give an example
related to the internet. Now relate your example to actor-network theory,
and contrast the viewpoints of neo-classical economics and sociology of
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