CSE 275 Homepage - Fall 1999
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. Topics 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 course outline. Be sure to read the notes on lectures 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.

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. You will need to write short homework essays and a final paper in reasonably good English.

Wednesday, 2:30-5:20 pm, Room APM 5218
Section ID 347282

Recommended Books There are no required books for this course. All of the recommended books should soon 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.
Additional Information

Grades will be based on the last three items below, especially item 5; obviously your class participation and homework should reflect your familiarity with the readings.

  1. Course notes
  2. Reading assignments
  3. Homework assignments
  4. Class discussion
  5. Projects - due the last day of class.

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 on the interfaces among technology, science and society.
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last modified 14 October 1999