ANTH 208 Virtual Lives: Science, Technology, and Culture
M, W, F 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
*Anthropology 208 is a World Cultures GenED and Anthropology elective
TECHNOLOGY IS HUMAN
This course provides an anthropological perspective on science and technology. Most discussions of science and technology assume that science is both universal and objective, and that the technological solutions it imagines are of general use. This course asks students to understand science as one kind of worldview or cultural formation linked to particular technologies. It provides students with an understanding of the role of science and technology on the social and cultural worlds in which we live. It sheds light on the relationship between humans and their machines; the impact of social media on human relationships; the unintended consequences of technology; the political uses of science and technology; and how people transform and reshape technology to fit their needs. This course will be of interest to anthropology majors and science majors interested in understanding the intersections between technological solutions and the diverse worlds of technology users.