|Unit 1: Introduction to Studies in Science, Technology, and Society|
|1||Introduction to Content and Format of the Class||Downes, Kieran. "What is STS?"|
|2||Introduction to Key Words and Concepts||Marx, Leo. "Technology: The Emergence of a Hazardous Concept." Technology and Culture 51, no. 3 (2010): 561–77.|
|3||Current Examples of STS Questions||No readings|
|4||Introduction to key words and concepts (cont.)||
Marx, review of In Context;
Marx, Leo, and Merritt Roe Smith, eds. "Introduction". In Does Technology Drive History? The Dilemma of Technological Determinism. MIT Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780262691673. [Preview with Google Books]
Autour, and Dorn. "How Technology Wrecks the Middle Class?" The New York Times, August 24, 2013.
|5||STS at MIT||Williams. Chapter 2 in Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change. MIT Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780262731638. [Preview with Google Books]|
|6||STS at MIT (cont.)||No readings|
|Unit 2. MIT and the Law: The Prosecution of Aaron Swartz|
|8||The Swartz Case and the Abelson Report||
Abelson, Hal, Peter Diamond, et al. MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz (PDF - 5.0MB). July 26, 2013.
Please read the entire body of the report, Parts I through V. Also read Appendices 3, 6, and 8–11. You can skip the other appendices.
Lin, Leon. "In Swartz Case, MIT 'hands off,' report says," The Tech, August 7, 2013.
Swartz, John. "M.I.T. Cleared in Report After Suicide of Activist," New York Times, July 30, 2013.
Cohn, Cindy. "MIT in Aaron Swartz Case: Not Neutral, Not Leading, Not Standing Up for Technologists," July 31, 2013.
|10||Visit from Hal Abelson||No readings|
|11||Editing exercise||No readings|
|12||Science and Self-regulation||No readings|
|13||Legal Issues (cont.)||No readings|
|14||Science and Self-regulation (cont.)||Further research into Asilomar Conference of 1975 or Cambridge City Council resolutions of 1976|
|Unit 3: Photography as Information Delivery System|
|15||Photography as technological innovation||Lane, Anthony. "Names and Faces: The Portraits of Julia Margaret Cameron," The New Yorker, September 2, 2013.|
|16||Users, Consumers, and Producers||
Bauwens, Michel. "A Critique of 3D Printing as a Critical Technology."
Olivier, M. "George Eastman's Modern Stone-Age Family: Snapshot Photography and the Brownie." Technology and Culture 48, no. 1 (2007): 1–19.
|17||From Analog to Digital||No readings|
|18||Photography as Time Travel||No readings|
|19||Photography and Science||No readings|
|20||Student project due|
|Unit 4: The Sense of an Ending|
|21||Where Are We Headed?||No readings|
|22||Where Are We Headed? (2) (cont.)||Isaacson, Walter. "Legacy." Chapter 42 in Steve Jobs. Simon & Schuster, 2011. ISBN: 9781451648539. [Preview with Google Books]|
|23||A Deaf Utopia and Other Utopias||No readings|
|24||Back to the Beginning: What Is STS?||No readings|
|25||Endings and beginnings||No readings|
|26||Endings and beginnings (cont.)||No readings|