Course Descriptions - Contemporary Technologies: Living with Machines HSTC 4201   Contemporary Technologies: Living with Machines
This half-year seminar will explore in detail the implications of powerful contemporary debates concerning the meaning and place of technology. What do we mean by technology? Can there be a philosophy of technology? What are the political and cultural ramifications of going technological? Topics will include: technological determinism in history, feminist critiques, technology and development, the meaning of expertise, technology, art and the “lifeworld”, “social construction” versus “actor-network” theory, Donna Haraway’s concept of cyborg culture and the “modern technological sublime”. The course will be conducted in seminar format with particular emphasis placed on the elucidation of historical and contemporary case-studies. Whenever possible, guest lecturers from the “real world” of technology will be invited to participate in the class.
FORMAT: Seminar