Examines social, cultural, and historical studies of the role of technology in the modern world. Themes include the unintended consequences of new technologies; the relationship between technology and the environment; production and consumption; and technology's role in forming divisions along lines of race, class, and gender.
In the Autumn of 2006, the theme of the course will again be gender and technology. We will likely be starting the quarter with a reading of Edmund Russell's extraordinary essay, "Evolutionary History" (Available free through the UW E-jouranls page at: http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/ejournals/E.html Look for the April 2003 isue, the articles are listed in alphabetical order by title). See course web page and e-reserve site for syllabus and readings. We will be using a new collection of essays edited by Nina Lerman of Whitman College and reflecting on the consequences of the attack on the world trade center through the eyes of Wendell Berry, in his In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Taught as a discussion seminar, with limited lecturing.
Survey in US and World History very helpful. NOT recommended for Freshmen students.
Class assignments and grading
25 pages of writing during the quarter.
Grading is based on evaluation of written assignments, daily participation in-class discussions, and a final project.