TSES 3001 T - Technology-Society Interactions

Ethical issues in introducing technology; historical review of technology and human development; effects on society of medical and communications technologies; automation and its effects on society, especially work; impact of technology on international affairs, especially through multinational enterprises. Guest lectures. Precludes additional credit for TSES 3000 and TSES 3500. Prerequisite(s): at least second-year standing.

This course surveys the relationships among technology, society and the environment. The emphasis will be on technology: What it is, how it evolves and how it differs from nature. We will also explore worldviews about technology and the environment and examine uncertainties about what we know of technology's past and future effects on society and the environment. Throughout the term we will look at specific technologies and their social and environmental impacts. Possible technologies include biomedical technologies, robotics, nanotechnologies, information and communication technologies. The course will end by looking at transhumanism and visions of the future of technology.

CRN for section T: 35493

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 35494

In-class lecture time & location:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:05am to 11:25am, 624 SA

Instructor: John Buschek

About the instructor: John Buschek's background makes him exceptionally well-suited to teach in a multidisciplinary program concerned with the interactions of technology with society and the environment. A chemist by training, he is active in environmental matters having served as a member of the Environmental Appeal Board of Ontario and as the chemist aboard the Greenpeace research vessel "Beluga. He was a medical specialist in the US army, with a tour of duty in Vietnam, and is an accomplished poet.

With this varied experience and widespread knowledge of current issues, he is a very effective teacher in the challenging TSE courses where students in one class often come from as many as 13 different degree programs. He was awarded a Professional Achievement Award in recognition of his effectiveness as a teacher and his contributions to the TSE program.

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