Technology and Society
Introduces students to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). Students explore the ways in which science and technology impact our everyday lives from a sociological perspective. Following an initial examination of the history of STS, scientific and technological revolutions, major schools of thought in the field of STS, and the role of science and technology in our everyday lives, students will focus on applied areas of science and technology using the life sciences and social media as case studies. Course work centers on current topics that our society is grappling with such as surveillance, body politics, medical applications, the role of the market in science and technology, and the consequences of the speed and ease of the use of technology in the twenty-first century. Throughout the semester, students will critically reflect upon personal, community, and societal issues that arise out of science and technology through discussion and debate.