HIST 1620

HIST 1620

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

From Frankenstein to The Matrix, science fiction and film have depicted contemporary science, technology, and medicine for almost two centuries. This course introduces students to historical and social studies of science and technology using science-fiction films and novels, as well as key readings in science and technology studies. What social questions can fictional accounts raise that factual ones can only anticipate? How have "intelligent machines" from Babbage's Analytical Engine to Hal raised questions about what it means to be human? What can Marvel Comics teach us about changes in science and technology? When can robots be women and, in general, what roles did gender play in scientific, technological, and medical stories? How was the discovery that one could look inside the human body received? How do dreams and nightmares of the future emerge from the everyday work of scientific and technological research?

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments Recommended as introduction to field; not required and may not be used to fulfill a major requirement. STS 1101 and STS 1102 may be taken separately or in any order.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: STS 1102

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17248 HIST 1620   LEC 001

  • 17249 HIST 1620   DIS 201