In this course, attention will be given to different aspects of the relationship between technology and society and directions for the future. The nature of technology and the process of innovation are driven by social influences and pressures. Those social influences mean that technology reflects and often reinforces the structures of social, economic, and political power in any society. Students will examine the way in which technology is affected at a fundamental level by the social contexts in which it develops, challenging the common view that technological change follows its own logic of process independent of human actors. Students will develop critical thinking skills to understand how technology is shaped by social factors and how technology contributes to shaping society by examining various case studies.
- Teacher: Jean Sellers