Introduction to the History of Technology

Several people standing next to gun turret of USS Monitor.

View on deck of the USS Monitor looking forward on the starboard side, while the ship was in the James River, Virginia, 9 July 1862. (Image courtesy of U.S. Naval Historical Center.)


MIT Course Number

STS.340J / ESD.52J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



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Course Description

This course is an introduction to the consideration of technology as the outcome of particular technical, historical, cultural, and political efforts, especially in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include industrialization of production and consumption, development of engineering professions, the emergence of management and its role in shaping technological forms, the technological construction of gender roles, and the relationship between humans and machines.

David Mindell. STS.340J Introduction to the History of Technology, Fall 2006. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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