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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • STS.350 (Spring 2004) 
  • Course Title:
  • Social Study of Science and Technology 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Science, Technology, and Society 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Stefan Helmreich 
  • Course Introduction:

  • STS.350 Social Study of Science and Technology

    Spring 2004

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive reading list.

    Course Description

    This course surveys canonical and recent theories and methods in science studies. We will organize our discussions around the concept of "reproduction," referring variously to:

    1. Scientific reproduction (how results are replicated in lab, field, disciplinary contexts)
    2. Social reproduction (how social knowledge and relations are regenerated over time)
    3. Biological reproduction (how organic substance is managed in the genetic age)
    4. Electronic reproduction (how information is reassembled in techniques of transcription, simulation, computation).

    Examining intersections and disruptions of these genres of reproduction, we seek to map relations among our social, biological, and electronic lives.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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