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MACHINES CODES CULTURES

DMS 220 Machines, Codes, Cultures
Reg.#22661, Mon/Wed 15:00 - 16:15


This course will follow the history of machines and coding systems from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot; from the origins of numeric notation to social media in select episodes. The course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the myriad ways in which they are woven into the fabric of human activities. Topics will include the onset of tool production, agriculture, numbering systems, robots, human rights, interaction design, household appliances, software systems and social media. Students will be introduced to these topics through primary source materials (texts and videos) and guided through them in weekly discussions online and offline. Grades will be based on a mid-semester position paper, five journal responses, a discussion list contribution, a comprehensive, multiple choice final exam as well an extra credit essay.

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