STS.350 Social Study of Science and Technology

Spring 2004


Robot. (Image courtesy of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.)

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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Prof. Stefan Helmreich

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session