(S T S 107)
Introduction to Philosophy of Technology (3) The character of technology; its relation to human values; philosophical assumptions in its development; and how it transforms the world.
PHIL (S T S) 107 Introduction to Philosophy of Technology (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Technology" surveys a number of recent thinkers on the meaning of technology, its role in our and other societies, and critiques of its effects. Through readings of classic works on philosophy of technology as well as investigations of contemporary media reports and representations of technology, the course will engage your thought about what technology "means" to you and the values embedded in it. This course meets the broad general education needs of students from the humanities, social sciences, engineering, agriculture, as well as professional tracks such as business and pre-law. As technology is increasingly fundamental to our modern way of life in all its aspects, this course gets students asking question about why we do what we do with technology and how it affects us, others around us, and the environment. Required readings typically include collections of essays ranging in reading level from popular journalism to mass-market fiction to historical analyses of technological change and in-depth philosophical investigations of the concept of technology. Classroom time will be organized around lecture, regular classroom discussion, and a number of student-led debates. Evaluation will be based upon short writings, a small research paper, a midterm, and a final. The course meets the requirement for General Education in the Humanities (GH). Crosslisted with both S T S and PHIL it compliments other S T S courses (notably, S T S 101 and 233) and is a pre-requisite for S T S/ Phil 407. The course is offered biannually and is capped at 40 students.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.