Courses of Study 2017-2018 
    
    Sep 28, 2020  
Courses of Study 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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STS 1102 - Histories of the Future

(crosslisted) HIST 1620  
(CA-AS)      
Spring. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Recommended as introduction to field; not required and may not be used to fulfill a major requirement. STS 1101  and 1102 may be taken separately or in any order.

S. Seth.

From Frankenstein to The Matrix, science fiction and film have depicted contemporary science, technology, and medicine for almost two centuries. This course introduces students to historical and social studies of science and technology using science-fiction films and novels, as well as key readings in science and technology studies. What social questions can fictional accounts raise that factual ones can only anticipate? How have “intelligent machines” from Babbage’s Analytical Engine to Hal raised questions about what it means to be human? What can Marvel Comics teach us about changes in science and technology? When can robots be women and, in general, what roles did gender play in scientific, technological, and medical stories? How was the discovery that one could look inside the human body received? How do dreams and nightmares of the future emerge from the everyday work of scientific and technological research?



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