Histories of Information, Communication, and Computing Technologies

A photograph of a woman plugging a cable into a slot on an old telephone switchboard.

Telephones and their technology (such as the operator switchboard shown here) are one of the information and communication technologies discussed in the course. (Image courtesy of Ben and Debs Blench on Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)


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Spring 2015



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The histories of information, communication, and computing technologies have attracted attention from scholars across a variety of disciplines. This course introduces students to prominent voices in these topics across fields. Alongside readings introducing students to this broad scholarly terrain, the course offers guidance in research and writing for publication based on the reality that PhD candidates on the job market need to be published authors, and that every term paper has the potential to be a journal article. We work towards publication by reading widely-cited scholarly histories both for their content and for what they can tell us about scholarly craft.

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Jennifer Light. STS.460 Histories of Information, Communication, and Computing Technologies. Spring 2015. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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