Social Study of Science and Technology OpenCourseWare: A Free Online Graduate Level Social Science Course by MIT

Published Jan 12, 2009

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'Social Study of Science and Technology,' presented by the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology (MIT), is a graduate-level OpenCourseWare developed for students in this interdisciplinary field, which combines science with social practices. This is a survey course centering on the theme of reproduction.

Social Study of Science and Technology: Course Specifics

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Social Study of Science and Technology: Course Description

Professor Stefan Helmreich of MIT uses the theme of reproduction to examine the relationships among the scientific, biological, social and electronic aspects of society in the course 'Social Study of Science and Technology.' Concepts are presented through a series of suggested readings and cover both canonical and recent theories. Topics include the sociology of scientific knowledge, feminism and science, cyborgs, race and science, biosociality, medicine and the techno-scientific makings of postcolonial place and space. Students who complete this course will have a better understanding of the interrelated nature of the fields of sociology, research science, biology and high-technology. The course is designed for graduate students interested in interdisciplinary studies.

This OpenCourseWare includes an extensive reading list and recommended textbooks and journals. For more information about the course, visit the social study of science and technology course page.

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