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Social Aspects of Technology and Science
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,
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
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
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.
- Social Science, Technical Systems, and Cooperative Work, edited
by Geoffrey Bowker, Susan Leigh Star, William Turner and les Gasser, Lawrence
- High Wired, edited by Cynthia Haynes and Jan Rune Holvevik,
- The Cultures of Computing, edited by Susan Leigh Star,
- Computers, Minds and Conduct, Graham Button, Jeff Coulter, John
Lee and Wes Sharrock, Polity 1995.
- Requirements Engineering: Social and Technical Issues, edited by
Marina Jirotka and Joseph Goguen, Academic Press, 1994.
- The Scientific Revolution, Steven Shapin, Chicago 1996.
- Computation and Human Experience, Philip Agre, Cambridge 1997.
- Aramis, or the Love of Technology, Bruno Latour, Harvard 1996.
- Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcer, Michael White, Addison-Wesley 1998.
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, Chicago 1962.
- The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture and Deviance
at NASA, Diane Vaughan, Chicago 1996.
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.
- Homework assignments
- Class discussion
- Class notes
- 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
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