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 details.

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

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. 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 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.

  1. Course notes
  2. Reading assignments
  3. Homework assignments
  4. Class participation
  5. a short vocabulary quiz towards the end of the quarter
  6. Projects - these are due the last day of (this) class.

Other Resources
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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