STV 210/HIST 212: The Computing Society

This course examines the historical relationship between computer technology and society, to review the impact and consequences of computing from a social perspective but also to consider the various non-technical factors and values that have shaped computing technology and practice.  The scope ranges from early mechanical aids, through the mid-20th century invention of electronic digital computers, to the networks and mobile applications of the 21st century, and includes technological studies relating to gender, education, employment, and war. Material artifacts will be used as a core element of the course.

Taught by Scott Campbell