This course gives an introduction to the history of technology and its place in shaping modern society. Covering the large-scale technological and industrial developments in the 19th and 20th centuries, the course explores the meaning and implications of technology as a cultural idea and a material process in the modern world. Why do some technologies succeed and others do not? What is the role of users in shaping the development of technology? What drives innovation and technological development?
In asking such questions, the course covers a wide range of material, including the relationship between technology, culture, environment, and gender, between the past and the future of technology, from the home to the factory and on scales from the body to the planet.
The course is taught in English, as an online course over 9-10 weeks. Students are expected to actively participate in presentations and discussions throughout the semester.