How do human beings create and use technology to form collective relationships? What is ‘society’ and how can is it related to technology? This course is an introduction to some important issues commonly explored by researchers looking at humans and technology and the larger structures we often call ‘society’. It is a foundation course designed to give science and engineering students insight into ways to approach transdisciplinary problems of humans and machines, infrastructure and social change.
The course assumes no previous knowledge about sociology or social theory. As the course progresses we will explore some classic thinkers as a foundation to understanding relationships between society and technology, through to present day researchers of cutting-edge technology and human interaction.