CSE 275 Homepage - Fall 2000
Social Aspects of Technology and Science
This course explores issues on the interfaces among technology, science,
and society, with a special focus on information technology and ethics.
Topics include privacy, the internet and the web, spam, electronic commerce,
chat rooms, ethics, requirements engineering, actor-network theory, Kuhn's
theory of paradigms, post-modernism, neo-classical economics, ubiquitous
computing, and more. See the course outline for
Be sure to read the lecture notes as they are posted on this website; they
are linked to the outline page, and they will evolve as the course develops.
All webpages are subject to frequent and/or unannounced updates. The class
notes are not a substitute for attending class!
Prerequesites are CSE 9, 10 or 11, the ability to read basic works in the
humanities, especially sociology, and the ability to write reasonable English.
You will have to write short homework essays and a final paper. The course
open to undergraduates with permission of the instructor.
Wednesday, 1:45-4:15 pm, Room APM 3218
Section ID 389375 A00
There are no required books for this course. All of the recommended
books should be on reserve at the Science and Engineering Library. We will
not be using these books very much in class, but they may be relevant to some
of your projects.
- The Social Life of Information, John Seely Brown and Paul
Duguid (Harvard Business School, 2000).
- Social Science, Technical Systems, and Cooperative Work, edited
by Geoffrey Bowker, Susan Leigh Star, William Turner and Les Gasser (Lawrence
- Computerization and Controversy: Value Conflicts and Social
Choices, edited by Rob Kling (Academic, 1996).
- Sorting Things Out, Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star (MIT,
- Moral Imagination: Implications of Cognitive Science for
Ethics, Mark Johnson (Chicago, 1994).
- 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 Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn (Chicago,
- The Scientific Revolution, Steven Shapin (Chicago, 1996).
- Aramis, or the Love of Technology, Bruno Latour (Harvard, 1996).
- Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer, Michael White (Addison-Wesley,
- Laboratory Life: The Construction of Scientific Facts, Bruno
Latour and Steve Woolgar (Princeton, 1986).
- The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture and Deviance
at NASA, Diane Vaughan (Chicago, 1996).
- Consilience, Edward O. Wilson (Vintage, 1998).
- Computation and Human Experience, Philip Agre (Cambridge, 1997).
Grades will be based on the last four items below, especially the last; the
extent to which your class participation and your homework reflect your
familiarity with the readings will be important in their evaluation.
- Course notes
- Reading assignments
- Homework assignments
- Class participation
- a short vocabulary quiz towards the end of the quarter
- Projects - these are due the last day of
- The homepage of Phil Agre
at UCLA contains many interesting publications, a good bibliography, and
several relevant links.
- More to come here .....
This is not a technical course in the usual sense, but it is also not
a touchy-feely mumbo-jumbo course; it will carefully explore significant
issues on the interfaces among technology, science and society, drawing on a
variety of rigorous theories.
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