STS.008 Technology and Experience

Class Info

Introduction to the "inner history" of technology: how it affects intimate aspects of human experience from sociological, psychological and anthropological perspectives. Topics include how the internet transforms our experience of time, space, privacy, and social engagement; how entertainment media affects attention, emotion, and creativity; how medical technologies alter the experience of illness, reproduction, and mortality; how pharmaceuticals reshape identity, mood, pain, and pleasure. In-class discussion of readings, short written assignments, final project. Enrollment limited.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.008 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by H. R. Shell.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Thursdays in 5-234.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S. This class counts as a CI-H.

You can find more information at the MIT STS: STS.008 Fall 2016 site or on the STS.008 Stellar site.

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