Science, Technology, & World

An old photograph from a biology lab at MIT in the 1800s. There is a skeleton in the foreground.

The Rogers Building was the first building on MIT's campus. Constructed in 1866, it contained classrooms, lecture halls, offices, and laboratories, like this one. Over the years, political, social, and technological issues have been raised that demonstrate the need to consider science and technology in a broader societal context. (Photogravure Views of the Mass. Institute of Technology, Boston, 1889. This image is public domain.)


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Fall 2013



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This class is an introduction to studies in science, technology, and society (STS), through examining a series of issues, events, conflicts, and problems as illuminated by STS approaches. This iteration includes units on the Aaron Swartz case, photography, and utopia / dystopia. There are regular guest speakers, and several field trips to encourage hands on learning.

Williams, Rosalind. STS.004 Science, Technology, & World, Fall 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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