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Spring 2017-2018
* EGR 277 / SOC 277 / HIS 277 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Technology and Society

Scott G. Knowles

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%
Oral Presentation(s) - 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
42900 L01 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm M W   Lewis Library   120   Enrolled:55 Limit:72
42901 P01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
42903 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
42902 P03 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
42904 P04 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
42905 P05 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44209 P06 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:15 Limit:20
44210 P07 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am W   Friend Center   111   Enrolled:8 Limit:18
44211 P08 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   003   Enrolled:11 Limit:21
44212 P09 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Friend Center   003   Enrolled:21 Limit:24
43840 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled