The PhD course History of Technology - General Problems, 7.5 credits, will be given during the spring semester 2018 at the Division of Science, Technology and Society (STS), TME, Chalmers. The course consists of ten seminars. Each of the first nine seminars considers a general problem in the history of technology. Tentatively, the following key problems will be covered: 1) The question of technology, 2) Explanation of technological change, 3) The act of invention, 4) The transfer of technology, 5) Technological determinism, 6) Technological systems, 7) Users of technology and technology in use, 8) Gendered technologies, 9) Unintended consequences.
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 13.15-15.00: Course introduction & the question of technology
Thursday 19 April, 13.15-15.00: Explanations of technological change
Thursday 26 April, 13.15-15.00: The act of invention (Prof. Thomas Kaiserfeld)
Wednesday 9 May, 13.15-15.00: Technological determinism
Thursday 17 May, 13.15-15.00: Technological systems
Wednesday 23 May, 13.15-15.00: Unintended consequences
Wednesday 30 May, 13.15-15.00: The transfer of technology
Tuesday 5 June, 10.00-11.45: Users of technology and technology in use (Dr Tiina Männistö-Funk)
Friday 15 June, 13.15-15.00: Gendered technologies (Dr Tiina Männistö-Funk)
The final seminar will take place during the latter part of August. Date will be decided later.
All seminars will take place in Room 2356 (Järntorget) at the STS Division, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8.
Per Lundin, Associate Professor in History of Technology, is teacher and examiner for the course. Contact information: email@example.com.