Change & Social Justice
T/Th, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Professor: Torin Monahan
COURSE CONTENT: This course offers an introduction to the
social, historical, and ethical dimensions of modern technology.
Attention will be given to the multiple ways in which technologies,
individuals and institutions mutually shape one another to the
benefit and/or detriment of society. Cases include surveillance
devices, communications infrastructures, transportation systems,
workplace automation, reproductive technologies, and more. Readings
are drawn from the social sciences, fiction, and popular media.
Films and documentary videos will direct inquiry into the potential
of technologies for achieving democratic or equitable outcomes. The
class is designed to give students freedom to develop and express
their own ideas.