This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 738
  • Course: Ph.D Programme
  • Semester: I
  • Title: Perspectives On Science, Technology And Society
  • Stream: Sociology
  • Description:

    Perspectives on the relations between science and technology: hierarchical, symbiotic and coalescing; Technology as knowledge; Social shaping of technology; History of technology; Technological conditions that shape social formations and cultures; Sociological theories of social change and technology as a force of socio-cultural and environmental changes; Technology, innovation and public policy; Information and communication society: implications for work, social relations, governance and control; Biotechnology: implications for the meanings of life and life processes, application of biotechnology in agriculture, health care and environment; Technological innovations in India; The WTO provisions on Intellectual Property Rights: implications for technology development; Responses of the civil society.

  • Text:

    B. Barnes and D. Edge (eds.), Science in Context: Readings in the Sociology of Science, The Open University Press, 1983.^$^G. Basalla, The Evolution of Technology, Cambridge University Press, 1988.^$^C.A. Alvares, Homo Faber: Technology and Culture in India, China and the West, 1500 to the Present Day, Allied Publishers, 1979.^$^A.F. Chalmers, What is this Thing called Science?, The Open University Press, 1980.^$^R. MacLeod and D. Kumar (eds.), Technology and the Raj: Western Technology and Technical Transfers to India, Oxford University Press, 1995.^$^ I. Hacking, The Social Construction of What? Harvard University Press, 2001.^$^E.J. Hackett, O. Amsterdamska, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, The MIT Press, 2008.^$^J.R. Kloppenberg Jr., First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology, 1492-2000, The Macmillan Press, 1988.^$^D. Lyon, Information Society: Issues and Illusions, Polity Press, 1988.^$^D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Social Shaping of Technology, The Open University Press, 1999.^$^H. Rose and S. Rose, The Political Economy of Science: Ideology of/in the Natural Sciences, The Macmillan Press Ltd., 1976.^$^W. Bijker, T.P Hughes and T. Pinch (eds.), The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, The MIT Press, 1989.