STS 4240

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

The social impact of technologies is typically thought about fairly late, if ever, in the design process. Indeed, it can be difficult at design time to predict what effects technologies will have. Nevertheless, design decisions can inadvertently "lock in" particular values early on. In this course, we will draw on science & technology studies, technology design, and the arts to analyze the values embodied in technology design and to design technologies to promote positive social impact. What social and cultural values do technology designs consciously or unconsciously promote? To what degree can social impact be "built into" a technology? How can we take social and cultural values into account in design?

When Offered Fall.

Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments Technical background is not needed for this course.

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  •   Combined with: INFO 4240

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10010STS 4240  LEC 001