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Spring 2016-2017
* EGR 277 / SOC 277 / HIS 277 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Technology and Society

Lauren G. Senesac

Technology and society are unthinkable without each other, each provides the means and framework in which the other develops. To explore this dynamic, this course investigates a wide array of questions on the interaction between technology, society, politics, and economics, emphasizing the themes such as innovation and regulation, risk and failure, ethics and expertise. Specific topics covered include nuclear power and disasters, green energy, the development and regulation of the Internet, medical expertise and controversy, intellectual property, the financial crisis, and the electric power grid.

Sample reading list:
Tarleton Gillespie, Copyright, technology, and the agency of users
Kate Crawford and Danah Boyd, Six provocations for big data
James Swaney, Market versus command and control environmental policies
Karen Grief and Jon Merz, Who owns life?
Charles Perrow, Normal Accidents
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students should expect roughly 100 pages of reading a week. A capstone project for the course is spread out over the semester. It requires a short proposal due before the break, a project element due on the last day of class, and the final element due on dean's date.

Mid Term Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other information:
This course is required for undergraduate certificate - Program in Technology and Society ( and cannot be taken as pdf.


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43252 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M W   Jadwin Hall   A10   Enrolled:61 Limit:88
43253 P01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W   Friend Center   003   Enrolled:13 Limit:18
43631 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Engineering Quad J-Wing   J201   Enrolled:8 Limit:18
43254 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Friend Center   110   Enrolled:15 Limit:19
44271 P04 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W   Jadwin Hall   343   Enrolled:15 Limit:18
44306 P05 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Jadwin Hall   343   Enrolled:10 Limit:18