Schedule

Sociology 430 [T]
Society and Technology

David A. Sonnenfeld, Ph.D.
Washington State University
Fall 2002

Introduction

Week 1 - Society and technology

Mon., Aug. 26 Course introduction

What is "technology"?

What is "society"?

How are they related?

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, intro, pp. 1-17

                            FILM:

Charlie Chaplin, "Modern Times" (1936)

Wed., Aug. 28 Technology "in action"

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, ch 1, pp. 21-62

                            RECOMMENDED:

Fetterman, Ethnography: Step by Step

Technology as a social institution

Week 2 - The actor-network approach

Mon., Sept. 2 - (LABOR DAY HOLIDAY)

Wed., Sept. 4 "From weak points to strongholds"

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, ch's 2-3, pp. 63-144

                            RECOMMENDED:

Hughes, Rescuing Prometheus

Week 3 - Technology development as network-building

Mon., Sept. 9 - " Insiders Out "

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, ch 4, pp. 145-176

*** Fri., Sept. 13 Research Workshop #1***

    Discussion of Research Topics

    *** Research Topics DUE ***

Week 4 - Sustaining technological networks

*** Wed., Sept. 18 Validating technologies

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, ch 5, pp. 179-213

*** Fri., Sept. 20 "Centres of calculation ***

                            REQUIRED:

Latour, Science in Action, ch. 6, pp. 215-257

Week 5 Scientific controversy & public policy

Mon., Sept. 23 - "Science Wars":  the debate over endocrine disruption

                            FILM:

Frontline, "Fooling with Nature" (1998)

Wed., Sept. 25 Mid-Term Exam #1

Social construction of technology

Week 6 Introduction

Mon., Sept. 30 - A theory of technological change

                            REQUIRED:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 1, pp. 1-18

                            SKIM:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 5, pp. 269-290

                            RECOMMENDED:

Bijker, et al. The Social Construction of Technological Systems

Wed., Oct. 2 - Relevant social groups, interpretive flexibility, closure

                            REQUIRED:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 2, pp. 19-100

Week 7 Bakelite & fluorescent lighting

Mon., Oct. 7 - Technological frame, inclusion

                            REQUIRED:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 3, pp. 101-197

*** Fri., Oct. 11 - Semiotics and micropolitics of power ***

                            REQUIRED:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 4, pp. 199-267

Week 8 - Conclusion

Mon., Oct. 14 - Sociotechnical ensembles, configurations, obduracy

                            REQUIRED:

Bijker, Of Bicycles, Bakelites, and Bulbs, ch. 5, pp. 269-290

Wed., Oct. 16 Research Workshop #2

                            *** Discussion of Preliminary Findings ***

Feminist perspectives on technology and society

Week 9 Introduction

Mon., Oct. 21 Feminism and technoscience

                            REQUIRED:

Haraway, Modest_Witness, intro, ch 1, pp. 1-48

                            RECOMMENDED:

Terry & Calvert, eds. Processed Lives

Wed., Oct. 23 Semantics

                            REQUIRED:

Haraway, Modest_Witness, ch's 2-3, pp. 49-124

Week 10 Pragmatics

Mon., Oct. 28 Gene; fetus

                            REQUIRED:

Haraway, Modest_Witness, Part III, ch's 4-5, pp. 125-212

Wed., Oct. 30

                            FILM:

"Frankenstein" (1931)

Week 11 Conclusion

Mon., Nov. 4 Race

                            REQUIRED:

Haraway, Modest_Witness, ch's 6-7, pp. 213-275

Wed., Nov. 6 Mid-Term Exam #2

Society, technology & the environment

Week 12 Natural capitalism

Mon., Nov. 11 (VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY)

Wed.., Nov. 13 The next industrial revolution

                            REQUIRED:

Hawken, et al., Natural Capitalism, preface, ch's 1-5, pp. ix-xiv, 1-110

                            RECOMMENDED:

Pena, The Terror of the Machine

                            *** Revised Abstract, Detailed Outline & Bibliography Due ***

Week 13 Food for life

Mon., Nov. 18 Tunneling through the cost barrier

                            REQUIRED:

Hawken, et al., Natural Capitalism, ch's 6-8, pp. 111-169

Wed., Nov. 20 Capital gains

                            REQUIRED:

Hawken, et al., Natural Capitalism, ch's 8-10, pp. 144-212

Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 25-29)

Week 14 Once upon a planet

Mon., Dec. 2 -

                            REQUIRED:

Hawken, et al., Natural Capitalism, preface, ch's 11-15, pp. 213-322

Wed., Dec. 4 Mid-Term Exam #3

Conclusion

Week 15 Research Workshop #3

Mon., Dec. 9 Student presentations

Wed., Dec. 11 Student presentations; course wrap-up

Final Examination - (Wk. of Dec. 16)

*** RESEARCH PAPERS DUE ***


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