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Social Aspects of Technology and Science
Fall 1998



We will explore issues on the interface between technology, science, and society, with a special focus on information technology. Topics will include privacy, the internet and the web, spam, electronic commerce, chat rooms, ethics, requirements engineering, public policy, actor-network theory, Kuhn's theory of paradigms, post-modernism, neo-classical economics, virtual reality, and more.

For more detail, see the class OUTLINE; also be sure to read the notes on lectures as they are posted on this website; they are linked to the outline page. All this will evolve as the class develops.

Prerequesites are CSE 9, 10 or 11, and the ability to read basic works in the humanities, especially sociology. Open to undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

Wednesday, 3:35pm-6:25pm, Room APM 3218.
Section A00, ID 335740

Recommended Books There are no required books for this course. All of the recommended books should be on reserve at the Science and Engineering Library, except the last two, which have been added recently. We will not be using these books very much in class, but they may be relevant to some of your projects.
Additional Information

Grades will be based on the first three items below, especially the first; obviously your class participation and homework should reflect your familiarity with the readings.

  1. Homework assignments
  2. Project
  3. Class discussion
  4. Class notes
  5. Reading assignments

Warning: Although this is not a technical course in the usual sense, it is also not a touchy-feely mumbo-jumbo course; it will carefully explore significant issues in the interface between technology, science and society.
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