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STV 100s


STV 100 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008896
Society, Technology and Values: Introduction
This course examines the interaction of the technologies developed by a culture with the values and social organization of that culture. The course exposes students to various definitions of society, technology and values, and it presents alternative views about how the three interact. These views are then applied to a number of spheres of influence, including patterns of employment and the role of work; medicine and health; polity and economy; sustainable development and the environment.

STV 200s


STV 201 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010150
Society, Technology and Values: Special Topics
Study of the interaction of society, technology and values in a particular topic area under tutorial guidance by visiting or adjunct faculty.
Prereq: One of STV 100, 202, 203, or 205

STV 202 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008905
Design and Society
The course uses design as a vehicle for examining technology and society interaction, particularly how we design, create, and choose technology. Design and Society has been created to introduce students to various methods to help them view design and technology from a technology-society perspective. The overriding aims of the course are to (a) develop an ability to see through the eyes of others and promote thinking about technology in terms of users as well as producers or creators, (b) develop critical thinking skills, and (c) present design and the choice of technology as an activity involving societal and individual concerns rather than as a purely technical matter. The course does not require advanced technical knowledge and is open to students of all faculties.
Antireq: SYDE 261

STV 203 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008906
Biotechnology and Society
Biotechnologies are currently migrating from the laboratory to a wide range of consumer products. In everything from foods to pharmaceuticals, genetic engineering is entering daily life. The biotechnology revolution will likely have as much of an impact on our lives as the information technology revolution. However, there is a wide and potentially dangerous gap between research and development on the one hand and societal awareness of its impact on the other. This course is intended to help students gain a deeper appreciation for the issues, including ethics, surrounding biotechnology and society. It will do this through an investigation of such interactions between biotechnologies and society as genetics and the law, foods and the media, and soil remediation and the environment. Consideration will also be given to the role of computing in biotech research and in the human genome project.
Prereq: Level at least 2A

STV 205 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011619
Cybernetics and Society
Cybernetics is the study of the interfaces between humans and machines. This course will present an overview of cybernetics from automation and robotics to prosthetics and wearable computing. The roles of men and women in a post-human era will be discussed along with related themes dealing with gender, cyberspace, politics and popular culture.

STV 210 LEC 0.50Course ID: 014922
The Computing Society
This course examines the historical and current relationships between computer technology and society. It explores the impact and consequences of computing from a societal perspective, but also considers various nontechnical factors and values that have shaped computing technology and practice. The scope of the course will range from early mechanical aids, through the mid-20th century invention of electronic digital computers, to the networks and mobile applications of the 21st century. Technological studies relating to gender, education, employment and war will be used as focal points. Material artifacts will form a core element of the course.
(Cross-listed with HIST 212)

STV 300s


STV 302 LEC 0.50Course ID: 008908
Information Technology and Society
The course has been designed to provide a framework or set of intellectual tools to help students understand and evaluate technological change. These tools will be applied to the development of information technology, its interaction with society, and possible future scenarios. Selected topics include understanding digitization as culture, visions of the future and the perils of prediction, as well as issues related to application areas such as the home, manufacturing, office work, design and services, education, and law. The course will also consider some of the privacy and personal dignity issues associated with information technology.
Prereq: Level at least 3A or one of STV 100, 202, 203, or 205

STV 303 SEM 0.50Course ID: 008909
Cross-Cultural Change, Technology and Society
The course will examine the concept of cross-cultural change as more than a consequence of contact between ethnic and national groupings. Technological change and the mutual interaction between technology and culture produce new cross-cultural change and challenges. The purpose of the course is to help students understand and identify the complex interaction between technology and culture and its impact on design and the choice of technology. Students will be expected to use this knowledge as a decision-making tool.
Prereq: One of STV 100, 202, 203, or 205

STV 400s


STV 400 PRJ 0.50Course ID: 008910
Society, Technology and Values: Senior Project
An independent, supervised research project related to the interaction of society, technology and values. Projects may take any format that demonstrates scholarly merit. Formats may include essays, impact studies, designs, computer software, or other media. Students are responsible for proposing suitable projects and are encouraged to seek faculty advice on plausible topics.
Prereq: Level at least 4A Society, Technology and Values Option students only

STV 401 LEC 0.50Course ID: 010151
Society, Technology & Values: Advanced Topics
Advanced study of the interaction of society, technology and values in a particular topic area under tutorial guidance by visiting or adjunct faculty.
Prereq: One of STV 100, 202, 203, or 205.
Antireq: STV 201

STV 404 LEC 0.50Course ID: 011199
Technology in Canadian Society
The course begins by questioning whether or not there is anything distinctive about Canadian design and its context. Through the use of historical and contemporary cases, this course examines factors influencing design and technology choice in Canada and their outcomes. The future of design is also considered in terms of current trends, issues, challenges and opportunities.
Prereq: One of STV 100, 202, 203, or 205