STS 2381

STS 2381

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

In 1919, journalist John Reed published Ten Days That Shook the World about the 1917 Russian Revolution. Some events are so transformative, Reed argued, they change the course of history. This class examines ten technologies that "shook" the world over the past half millennium. Or did they? Can technology drive history? How should we think about the relationship between technology and culture, society, politics, and the environment? This course challenges many popular understandings of technology and technological change, introducing students to major concepts in the history and social studies of technology, including technological determinism, systems, infrastructure, skill, technopolitics, envirotech, users, and maintenance and repair. Technologies addressed will vary, but may include the slave ship, factory, climate control, atomic bomb, and plastic.  

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2881

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17972 STS 2381   LEC 001

    • MWF Online Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Pritchard, S

  • Instruction Mode: Online