Introduction to Technology and Policy OpenCourseWare: A Free Graduate Level Technology Policy Course by MIT

Published Jan 13, 2009

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'Introduction to Technology and Policy' OpenCourseWare examines various facets of policy coupled with technological areas and the resultant consequences. MIT's Engineering Systems Division originally offered this graduate-level course.

Introduction to Technology and Policy: Course Specifics

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Introduction to Technology and Policy: Course Description

This course examines the results of policy combined with technology. It looks at how the NRC (National Research Council) creates, setups and carries through a research project involving policy associated with a certain technology. Students in the original course studied how policy and technology choices were conceived and evaluated and how globalization affects these choices. Students learned to write reports and memos and to speak via formal presentations and casual discussion in addition to learning how to work in teams. The courses also considered policy and technology problems in the fields of IT, transportation and the environment. Professors Dan Roos and Annalisa Weigel taught the original course at MIT. They used a lecture and recitation-style format. The course was part of the curricula of the Engineering Systems Division.

Users of 'Introduction to Technology and Policy' OpenCourseWare can avail themselves to lecture slides, readings, assignments, recitation, term project guidelines and support readings, previous student final reports and other resources related to the class. If you are interested in how technology and policy worked together to cause the Challenger mishap, then visit the policy combined with technology course page.

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