this seminar, we will look at some key approaches to the interaction between
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and society. Our premise
is that, to design and build effective information systems, we need to
address both knowledge creation and use, and the relationship between technology
and society, including the individual, disciplines, organizations, and
groups and communities of various sorts. We will draw on the field of STS
- variously interpreted as Science, Technology, and Society, and Science
and Technology Studies. STS addresses how science and technology shape
society, and how society shapes science and technology. STS includes a
diversity of fields, such as sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy,
political science, economics, psychology, feminist studies, and cultural
studies, as well as information studies.
Geoffrey C., and others. "Introduction." In Bowker, Geoffrey C., and others,
eds. Social Science, Technical Systems, and Cooperative Work: Beyond
the Great Divide. Larence Erlbaum, 1997, p. ix-xxiii.
Hess, David J. Science Studies: an Advanced Introduction. New York University Press, 1997; ch.1, introduction; ch. 2, The philosophy of science: an interdisciplinary perspective, p. 1-51.
ch. 4: Social Studies of Knowledge
A. MacKenzie Judy Wajcman (Eds.); The Social Shaping of Technology,
2nd ed., 1999.
Wiebe E., Thomas P. Hughes, and Trevor J. Pinch, eds. The
Social Construction of Technological Systems, MIT Press, 1987.
|Feb. 20||Pinch and Bijker, cont.|
|Feb. 27||Geoffrey Bowker and Susan Leigh Star (1999), Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences, MIT Press, selections.|
|March 6||J. Johnson [Bruno Latour] (1995): “Mixing Humans and Nonhumans Together: The Sociology of a Door-Closer” in Susan Leigh Star (ed.): Ecologies of Knowledge. Work and Politics in Science and Technology. pp. 257-277.|
Law (1992) 'Notes on the Theory of the Actor Network: Ordering, Strategy
Woolgar (1991) Configuring the User: the case of usability trials.
in Law, J [ed] A Sociology of Monsters: essays on power technology and domination London: Routledge, pp. 57-99
|April 3||Knorr Cetina, K. (1999). Epistemic Cultures: How the Sciences Make Knowledge. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. Selections.|
|April 10||Knorr Cetina, Cont.|
|April 17||Knorr Cetina, cont.|
|April 24||no class|
Hollan, Edwin Hutchins, and David Kirsh
Distributed cognition: toward a new foundation for human-computer interaction research
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Volume 7 , Issue 2 (June 2000)
http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/353485.353487 (ACM Dig Lib - accessible from UC IP addresses)
E & Klausen, T. (1996) Distributed cognition in an airline cockpit.
In Y. Engeström and
|May 8||Last class: recap|
|May 15||Papers due|
This is an eclectic and continually-growing list of resources that may be of use to students in the class (and possibly others).
4S:Society for the Social Studies of Science
4S conference, fall 2001
Actor Network Resource: Thematic List [re actor network theory]
Cornell STS program course list
Mind, Culture, and Activity (journal)
Science, Technology, and Human Values (journal of 4S)
Social Informatics Homepage, Indiana University
Social Studies of Science (journal)
LINKS: Links to STS-Related Information Sources NC State Program on Science,
Technology, & Society
North Carolina State
UC Berkeley Program in the Social Studies of Science and Technology and their links