STS.467[J] The History of Aviation

Class Info

Reading course in the history of aviation, focusing on science and technology and cultural and political context. Themes include: the science of aeronautics, pilots and piloting, control systems and electronics, engineering epistemology, infrastructure, industry, government and politics, evolution of aeronautics research, culture and experience, automation and autonomy, role of MIT, literature and film. Case studies of specific systems and engineering projects. Emphasis is on book-length texts, close reading, historical methods of analyzing technological change. Study of social and political dimensions of engineering projects, examination of aviation institutions. Students prepare weekly response papers to readings, make extended presentations to class twice per semester, and submit a final research paper.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.467[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by D. Mindell.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2014 Subject Evaluations, STS.467[J] was rated 6.0 out of 7.0. You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Research Seminar in Deep Sea Archaeology site.

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