STS.441 Technology and Self: Technology and Conversation

Spring 2014: Tuesdays 3-5pm in E51-061
Graduate Level; Prereq: None
2-0-10 units
Instructor: Professor Sherry Turkle
Enrollment limited to 15; no listeners**

Explores the relationship between technology and conversation, with an emphasis on conversation in our digital age when so many say they would rather text than talk. Topics center on the psychology of online life, such as the way in which we both share and withhold information about the self. Discussion about the ways new kinds of online conversation are playing out in education, the workplace, and in families and what the changes in conversation mean for collaboration, innovation, and leadership. Readings include works in history, literature, anthropology, psychology, and linguistics. Open to undergraduates by permission of instructor.


The first day of classes is Tuesday, February 4. 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. At the end of the first class, the instructor will distribute index cards. Students who are fully committed to taking the class should indicate this on their index card and return it to the instructor.

The first fifteen preregistered students will not be dropped from the class. But this is the time for preregistered students who plan to drop the class to do so in order to leave room for other students.

If there are less than fifteen preregistered students who wish to take the class, the instructor will bring the class size up to fifteen from the index cards submitted by students who are committed to taking the class. All accepted students will be informed by email by 9 pm on Tuesday.

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.