ERIC Number: ED200090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Program in Science, Technology, and Society.
Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge.
The Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is described. Two broad aims of the program are to explore the influence of social, political, and cultural forces on science and technology, and to examine the impact of technologies and scientific ideas on people's lives. Although based in the School of Humanities and Social Science, the program is meant to be an Institute-wide forum for students and faculty from many different departments. At the undergraduate level, courses examine such issues as the influence of ethical and political values on the work of scientists and engineers; how technological changes have altered the character of human work; the social implications of design alternatives in engineering; and issues related to the development of the automobile and the growth of nuclear power. Eventually, a structured undergraduate degree program will be developed. A variety of arrangements for graduate students who wish to explore these areas is available, but a graduate degree program does not currently exist. The program's current and and prospective research projects are arranged under three general headings: the social study of science; technology and the organization of industrial society; and cultural systems in industrial societies. Projects under these areas are described, along with other program activities, including faculty seminars and public lectures, senior and postdoctoral fellowships, and a quarterly review. Information on funding, faculty descriptions, and 1980-81 course descriptions are included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College Science, Course Descriptions, Cultural Influences, Engineering Technology, Ethics, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Industrial Structure, Interdisciplinary Approach, Research Projects, Science Programs, Social Change, Social Influences, Social Sciences, Sociocultural Patterns, Socioeconomic Influences, Technological Advancement, Undergraduate Study
Program in Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139.
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge.