GERMAN 304 - Studies in German Culture
Winter 2017, Section 004 - Technoscience and Modern Culture
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Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Meets 03/06/17 - 04/18/17. (Drop/Add deadline = 03/20/17.).
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One of the defining characteristics of the modern world is the unprecedented influence of science and technology on culture, politics, and everyday sensory experience. One example is the complex application of scientific research on human sense perception in the production of the sounds we hear, the images we see, and the genetically modified foods we eat. Other examples include the deep entanglement of science, technology, and politics within debates on climate change and impending environmental catastrophe, as well as the so-called ‘Twitter Revolutions,’ ‘hacktivism,’ and the politics of surveillance, dataveillance, and a wide range of automated, algorithmic operations and computer simulations. In short, today any meaningful distinction between culture and politics, on the one hand, and science and technology, on the other, has been undermined. This seminar will investigate some of the historical transformations that led to this confluence of seemingly disparate domains of knowledge and practice and provide theoretical and critical tools for making sense of its effects on contemporary politics, culture, and society. Readings will introduce students to current debates in the history of science and media and technology studies. In addition, we will analyze fictional depictions of modern technoscience in film and literature. Topics include: cyborgs and cybernetics, the role of technology in the production of scientific knowledge, the politics and countercultures of technoscience, the histories of early computing and the MP3, image-making, computer simulations, and evolving notions of scientific objectivity. TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

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GERMAN 304 - Studies in German Culture
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This class will be offered on Tuesdays from 1/10/17 through 2/21/17.
002 (SEM)
 In Person
Th 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This class will be offered on Thursdays, starting 1/5/17 and ending on 2/16/17.
003 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: This class will be offered on Tuesdays, starting the week after spring break (from 3/7/17 until 4/18/17).
004 (SEM)
 In Person
M 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: This class will be offered on Mondays 3/6/17-4/17/17.

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