JR SEM SPECIAL TOPICS: HUMANISING TECHNOLOGY
2012/2013, Semester 1
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: 4
The late Steve Jobs, former CEO of the Apple company, has been credited with ‘humanising technology’: recognising that technology design needs to be sensitive to human characteristics. In this Junior Seminar, students will be exploring various ways of thinking about the relationship between the ‘technical’ and the ‘human’. What can these tell us about the organization of social life, and how (if at all) do they contribute to the design of ‘better’ technologies? A central role will be reserved for ethnographic studies of technology-in-use – an academic approach that has gained traction with industry over the past decades. Students will also acquire hands-on experience of this approach by studying technology-in-use among friends, in the home, in the College/University, or workplace.
For detailed information about the content of this module, please see the syllabus that is uploaded to the Workbin.