STS 7201

STS 7201

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course will examine the peculiar speculative world of emerging technologies-a social and technical "space," found at the edges of expanding technological systems, where new technologies are being most actively constructed and transformed. In this dynamic world, emerging technologies exist in a state of flux as a mixture of blueprint and hardware, plan and practice, the nearly on-line and the almost obsolete, surrounded by speculation and speculators, who make often-contested claims about their promises, perils, and possibilities. Among the characteristics of this space are:  the frequent appearance of unverifiable claims about technologies that have yet to materialize; an entrepreneurial drive for commercial implementation; ongoing institutional innovation; frequent public controversies; and problems of political legitimacy. The course will examine the epistemic, discursive, institutional, and political dimensions of emerging technologies in an effort to understand the social worlds that shape technological change. Open to graduate students in the social sciences, sciences, and humanities.

When Offered Spring.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16960 STS 7201   SEM 101

    • T White Hall 104
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Hilgartner, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person