Technology and Culture OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Anthropology Course Exploring the Impact of Technology on Culture

Published Feb 11, 2009

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'Technology and Culture,' a free course offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), looks at how technological artifacts have been used by different communities and whether they have helped create a better world. This OpenCourseWare from MIT is suited to undergraduate students who are majoring in Anthropology.

Technology and Culture: Course Specifics

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Technology and Culture: Course Description

This OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looks at how culture, politics and technology intersect in different historical and social settings, from the 19th to the 21st century. The course is organized around three questions. Students ask what the results of treating biology as technology are and how the computer has influenced our view of ourselves and our world. This course work also guides students to ask if politics informs our infrastructures. MIT Professor Stefan Helmreich teaches this free undergraduate anthropology class.

This MIT OpenCourseWare about technology and culture includes a detailed reading list, lecture notes and paper assignments. If you are interested in taking this free course, visit the 'Technology and Culture' course page.

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