21A.500 Technology and Culture

Class Info

Examines the intersections of technology, culture, and politics in a variety of social and historical settings ranging from 19th-century factories to 21st-century techno dance floors, from Victorian London to anything-goes Las Vegas. Discussions and readings organized around three questions: what cultural effects and risks follow from treating biology as technology; how computers have changed the way we think about ourselves and others; and how politics are built into our infrastructures. Explores the forces behind technological and cultural change; how technological and cultural artifacts are understood and used by different communities; and whether, in what ways, and for whom technology has produced a better world. Limited to 40.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.500 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by S. Helmreich.

Lecture occurs 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Wednesdays in 56-154.

This class counts for a total of 9 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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