Technology and Culture

A human form stands in darkness, wearing a bodysuit illuminated from head to toe with various multi-colored circuits.

One of the topics discussed during this course is wearable technology. (Image courtesy of Keoni Cabral on flickr. License CC BY.)


MIT Course Number

21A.500J / STS.075J

As Taught In

Spring 2014



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Course Description

This subject examines relationships among technology, culture, and politics in a range of social and historical settings. The class is organized around two topics: Identity and infrastructure, and will combine interactive lectures, film screenings, readings, and discussion.

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Stefan Helmreich, and Heather Paxson. 21A.500J Technology and Culture. Spring 2014. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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