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Spring 2013

University of California, Berkeley

Interdisciplinary Studies

ISF 100D: Introduction to Technology, Society, and Culture

Professor Renate Holub

Assistants: Dorothy Bevard, MA Brian Folk, PH.D Candidate, Sociology

T, Th 12:30-2:00 120 Latimer Course control: 45515

Office Hours: T, Th 10:30-12:00 sign-up sheet and by appointment 269 Evans

Course Description: This is an interdisciplinary course that welcomes students of all disciplinary backgrounds. In it, we will focus on three major technological paradigms which have emerged over the past 200 years in the transatlantic worlds. We will begin by linking fundamental principles of the scientific revolutions of the 17th century to the normative and conceptual framework of the industrial revolutions of the 19th century. We will then trace the essential institutional features of the three technological paradigms: industrial revolution, transportation and communication revolution, and information-technological revolution. In this context we will discuss the interrelations between technology, industrialization, urbanization, and the emergence of the culture industry and critically reflect on the impacts of a variety of technologies [automobility, telephony, aviation, communications technologies, TV, media, satellites--] on the structures of social organizations in the global north (Europe and North

Here we are not only interested in the integration of communication and information technologies in the organization of the ‘new economy’ [economic globalization]. Study group facilitators will get extra credit. The educational goal of the course is to equip you. social. Siva Vaidhyanathan and others. Proposals for ISF Research Topics are due on February 7. Students will form study groups and discuss the b-space study questions under a study group facilitator on a weekly basis. peace. Manfred Max-Nefs . Karl Marx. David Harvey. and other topics. students are encouraged to do their own research on currently emerging cutting edge technologies in relation to practices of sustainability. and 5 paragraphs from the required readings to be identified with brief comments. such as the internet. economic opportunities. human rights. The Midterm Exam will consist of 20 questions [study questions will be posted on b-space on a weekly basis] to be answered with 4-6 short sentences. The Final Exam will consist of essay questions. who would like to pursue their own original research in the context of this course. Saskia Sassen. 2013 . In addition. Antonio Gramsci. In part III we will examine the evolution and structure of new technologies. We are also interested in linking technological facts to the democratic expansion or contraction of knowledge opportunities.” and “globalization”. political. Walter Benjamin. geopolitical. or prospective ISF students. with an interdisciplinary methodological perspective. Working from a comparative and global perspective. including texts by Theodore Adorno. The intellectual purpose of the course is to provide students not only with a grounded understanding of the technological forces which have shaped “modernity. are encouraged to develop a research project in preparation for their senior thesis. Kevin Kelly. and rights opportunities for citizens around the world. Joseph Stiglitz. This will include discussions of the integration of technological innovations in the two world wars which defined the 20th century. ISF students. One Short Paper (10%) One Midterm Exam (30%) and One Final Exam (40%). Vandana Shiva. Manuel Castells. global democracy. Satisfies the International Studies or Social and Behavioral Studies Breadth Requirement Requirements: Class attendance (20). the students.” “postmodernity. Sherry Turkle. Study Questions for Final Exam Essays will be handed out after Midterm Exam on a weekly basis. Max Horkheimer. but also to raise theoretical questions about the relations which obtain between producers and users [active and passive] of technology under conditions of both the industrial age and the information age. in the context of which will be able to examine a problem from multiple perspectives and frameworks drawn from cultural. Renate Holub.America). and their impacts on cultures and societies in a variety of global regions. and technological theories Our discussions will be guided by important theoretical texts. economic.

In the past. the Significance of Wireless Telephony Penetration in Highly Populous Global Regions. Censorship (Digital Liberty). Saskia (2007) The Sociology of Globalization 5. Manuel The Internet Galaxy 2. you will receive an “F” for each exam you missed. Telesur and Al-Jazeera. Unfortunately. Global Satellite Systems. there will be no extensions and incompletes. Russia. David [1989] The Condition of Postmodernity 3. Harvey. While we receive official notification about disability accommodations. Vandana (2006) Earth Democracy: Justice. students have focused on the following topics: The study of environmental protection technologies in a variety of global regions [Latin America. If you do so. Africa. Some students bring their laptops to class. Wireless in the 3 rd World. and Democracy etc. (2010) America. What Technology Wants 2010 Sherry Turkle. Shiva. Technologies of Violence: Droning the Skies. Galileo System etc. please do not inconvenience and/or disturb students surrounding you. India]. If you fail to take the exams. Castells. Castells. the role of the Internet in the successful reorganization of developing economies. Required Books: Kevin Kelly. Internet Governance. Broadband and Politics in South Korea and Spain. Open Source Movement. Free Markets. Alone Together [why we expect more from technology and less from each other] 2011 Siva Vaidhyanathan The Googlization of Everything [and why we should worry] 2012 Suggested Reading and/or youtube Interviews/Documentaries 1. Silicon Valley in India and Africa. Peace 6. Global trade and stock markets in the internet age. Manuel (2009) Communication Power 4. Joseph Stiglitz. Sustainability. Sassen. we would appreciate nonetheless if you let us know your status at your earliest convenience. Internet. New Media. Technology in International Human Rights in Global Politics. New Media in China. Student Athletes are required to hand in schedule of absences as approved by University Athletics Policy by the end of second week of classes. and the Sinking of the World Economy .

Chris (2004) An Alternative Internet. Value Struggles and Global Capital. Mohammed and Adel Iskandar. Karl (1944) The Great Transformation Syllabus For Part I and Part II. (2003) Al-Jazeera Fischer. Frank J and John Boli.7. New Media and the Future of Democracy De Angelis. Eds (2000) The Globalization Reader McLuhan. Pekka (2001) The Hacker Ethic Lecher. read Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants Part I From Industrial Capitalisms to Informational Capitalisms . Manfred Max-Neefs (2011) Above print publications All available on reserve in Moffit Selective Bibliography: Abbate. Radical Media. Manuel [2007) Mobile Communication and Society. Janet (2000) Inventing the Internet Atton. A Global Perspective Chester. Jeff (2007) Digital Destiny. Stjepan (1997) Postemotional Society Polanyi. Manuel (1997) The Rise of the Network Society Castells. Christine (2000) From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure Campbell Kelly. Manuel (2001) The Internet Galaxy Castells. El-Nawawy.Marshall (1963) The Gutenberg Galaxy Mestrovic. James The Automobile Age Himanen. Politics and Creativity Borgmann. Martin and William Aspray (1996) Computer: A History Castells. Claude (1992) America Calling Flink. Massimo (2007) The Beginning of History.

Student Movements. Automobility. Weapons.Jan 22 Lecture 1: Paradigms of Modernity: Conditions and Consequences of Scientific Revolutionaries and Liberation Philosophers Jan 24 Lecture 2: Technology and Capitalisms: 1850 Reading on b-space: Part I of Marx’s Communist Manifesto Jan 29 Jan 31 Feb 5 Lecture 3: Transportation and Communication Lecture 4: 1910 or Transatlantic Exceptionality Lecture 5: The Phantom of the Operator Part II ‘Progress. 12] Review: Telephony. Americanism. Nuclear Bombs. and Drones Reading/Viewing: Stalingrad [tba] Feb 19 Lecture 9: 1945: The Culture Industry or the Scientific Crafting of the Consumer Reading b-space. Styles of Life. Aviation. 11. TV in a 20th century energy paradigm Viewing: Jeremy Rifkin ‘The Third Industrial Revolution [Canadian TV]’ on the web Feb 28 Lecture 12: Transitions: from the ‘West’ to the Rest of the World ‘The New Economy’ . 10. Benjamin. Renate Holub. Radio. Feb 7 Lecture 6: Automobility and the Transformation of Social Space Reading on b-space: Bernays on Propaganda Feb 12 4 pp paper due Lecture 7: Taylorism. Women’s Movements Feb 26 Lecture 11: [9. Horkheimer and Adorno Feb 21 Lecture 10: Accomodations and Resistence in Theory and Practice The Cold War.’ Propaganda. Fordism Reading on b-space: Gramsci on Americanism and Fordism Feb 14 Lecture 8: Total Wars.

the Arab Springs. Occupy. Epidemics.Viewing: Jeremy Rifkin. The Third Industrial Revolution Part III: Towards the Global Age : Between Transnational Dystopias. Critical Projects and the Energy Question March 5 Lecture 13: 1989 or Global Normalcy Reading on b-space : David Harvey. Populistic Dreams. Food and Water Security Reading: b-space Vandana Shiva April 23 Lecture 23: Embedded Technologies . and Beyond Spring Recess [read Vaidhyanathan and Turkle] April 2 Lecture 17: The Googlization of Everything Reading: Siva Vaidhyanathan The Googlization of Everything April 4 April 9 Lecture 18: Hacker Ethics and The Future of Knowledge Transmission Lecture 19: Together or Alone? Reading: Sherry Turkle Together Alone April 11 Lecture 20: Defending Rights in the Digital World I Reading: Wikileaks April 16 Lecture 21: Defending Rights in the Digital World II Reading: on b-space Pamela Samuelson April 18 Lecture 22: Climate Change. Contraction of Space and Time March 7 Lecture 14: The Internet and the Information Age Reading on b-space: Castells March 12 March 14 March 19 March 21 Lecture 15: Informationalism and Developing Global Regions Review Midterm Lecture 16: The Internet.

April 25 April 30 May 2 Lecture 24: Populist dreams and Critical Agencies Lecture 25: Energy Questions: 1650 to 1850: From the Pacific to the Atlantic Lecture 26: Energy Questions: 1850 to 2012: From the Atlantic to the Pacific? .