Syllabus

Courses that I have taught/co-taught/want to teach

Courses

[] Undergraduate courses are designed with two classes per week

[] Graduate courses are designed with one seminar per week

STS and its Discontents

Foundational debates in STS scholarship

This course is designed to provide an overview of Science and Technology Studies (STS) by focussing on some of the major themes and concerns in the field. It an opportunity to investigate how STS scholars go about their work by critically engaging with some of the foundational debates that have shaped the intellectual trajectory of the discipline. Students will be expected to unpack these debates during seminars by taking positions and exploring the limits of their positions while defending them.

Matters of Infrastructure

Unpacking infrastructural work

This course focuses on core issues and concerns that have shaped the study of infrastructures, particularly information infrastructures, and the role of governments around the world in building, maintaining, and regulating them. Students are expected to identify a problem that requires an infrastructural solution and explore the tensions that emerge as the solution they envision encounters the sprawling conditions of the world.

Users and Their Stories

The Triad of Users, Use, and Technology

This course on social studies of technology focuses on the practice of creating and using technological artifacts. Students are expected to critically examine how designers develop products, how users negotiate with their ‘intended’ use, and the different meanings of use as artifacts become everyday objects through a series of writing assignments.

I designed and taught a version of this course in Fall 2013.

Computing Cultures

Living in a Digital World

This course critically examines how computing technology and culture shape each other. Students are expected to identify how information technologies reproduce, reinforce, and rework historical trends, norms, and values. It examines the values embodied in the cultures of computing and considers alternative ways of imagining information technologies.

I supported the design and teaching of versions of this course in Spring 2015 and Spring 2016.