STS 4240

STS 4240

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

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, Summer.

Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments Technical background is not needed for this course.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: INFO 4240

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8321STS 4240  LEC 001

  •  9584STS 4240  DIS 201

  •  9585STS 4240  DIS 202

  •  9586STS 4240  DIS 203

  •  9587STS 4240  DIS 204

  •  9588STS 4240  DIS 205

  •  9589STS 4240  DIS 207

  •  9591STS 4240  DIS 210

  •  9592STS 4240  DIS 211