STS.044/444 Science, Technology, and Self: Things and Thinking

Fall 2021: Tuesdays 3-5pm
Undergraduate level: STS.044 (HASS-S)
Graduate level: STS.444

Prereq: None
2-0-7 units

Instructor: Professor Sherry Turkle
Enrollment limited to 15; no listeners

Explores emotional and intellectual impact of objects. The growing literature on cognition and “things” cuts across anthropology, history, social theory, literature, sociology, and psychology and is of great relevance to science students. Examines the range of theories, from anthropology to psychoanalytic thinking that underlies “thing” or “object” analysis. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.



All students interested in taking the class MUST come to the first class, including preregistered students.
The first class will be spent doing a full review of the class assignments and class format. During class the instructor will distribute index cards on which students who are sure they want to take the course will write something about their backgrounds and reasons for wanting to enroll.

If there are more than 15 students who submit completed index cards, Professor Turkle will notify students who have been accepted on the following day so that the students not accepted can find an alternate class.

No students should take a Technology and Self class whose academic schedule demands regular absences from class or an extended period of time during which they will be absent from class.