Note: No formal calendar was created for STS.092, which met weekly for two hours in a seminar/discussion format as described in the syllabus document.
STS.069 Technology in a Dangerous World
|CLASS #||TOPICS / ACTIVITY||READINGS||ASSIGNMENTS|
|1||Introduction to Class||Gras, Alain. "Big is Beautiful." |
The Role of MIT in a Dangerous World. (Continued).
Castells, Manuel. "Prologue." In The Network Society.
Castells, Manuel. "The Rise of the Fourth World." In The Network Society.
Risk, Safety, and Accidents.
|2||Reading Assignments |
Questions to be discussed
Videotape of MIT Teach-in.
Homework due: Two Assignments.
|3||CBS Documentary on World Trade Center Attack of 9/11/01|
|4||Discussion of Documentary||Questions on Reading: “Missile Accuracy” MacKenzie. |
Questions on Reading: "MIT as System-Builder: Sage." Hughes. (One Day After Class #4).
Homework #1 due.
|5||The Role of MIT in a Dangerous World||General Information.||Homework #2 due.|
|6||Guest: Claude Canizares||Homework #3 due.|
|7||Technological Disasters |
Guest: Wade Roush, HSSST Alumnus, Now with Technology Review.
|Roush, Wade. "Catastrophe and Control." |
Perrow, Charles. "Normal Accidents."
Galison, Peter. "An Accident of History."
|8||Risk, Safety, and Accidents||Project proposal for single-authored report due. (Homework #4)|
|9||Guest: Jamie Lewis Keith||Speech by President Charles M. Vest, MIT.|
|10||Risk, Safety, and Accidents (Continued)|
|11||Environmental Risks||Assignment: Environmental Risks.|
|12||Tour of the MIT Museum||Current Events.||Homework #5.|
Discussion of MIT Museum Tour
Discussion of Castells Reading
Homework #5 due.
Turn in first draft of single-authored report. (Homework #4).
|14||Further Discussion of Castells |
Handouts will be provided in Class #13
|Castells. "The Global Criminal Economy."|| |
|15||"Artificial Hearts," by Shelley McKellar |
Guest: Thomas P. Hughes
|16||National Security |
Guest: Ted Postol
|Technology and Identity.|
|17||Technology and Identity||Technological Imagination.|
|18||Technological Imagination||Technology and Identity.|
|19||Trust in a Dangerous World||Long Paper due. (Refer Homework #3)|
|20||Root Causes |
Guest: David Marks
|Castells. "The Global Criminal Economy." |
David Mark's Slide Presentation.
|21||Final Review (PDF)||Single-authored report due. |
Trust in a Dangerous World.
|22||Recommendations for MIT||Williams, Rosalind. Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change. Chap. 1.|