STS 1102

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 1102 may be taken separately or in any order.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: HIST 1620

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17246STS 1102  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Seth, S

  • 17247STS 1102  DIS 201

    • R
    • Seth, S