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21A.750J / STS.250J Social Theory and Analysis, Fall 2004

Photo of Iranian woman engineer using a video camera.

An Iranian woman engineer using a video camera to film her team in the 6th International robotic soccer competitions. The logo of those competitions are projected onto her chador from a spotlight in the Fukuoka, Japan, sports dome. (Image courtesy of Prof. Michael M.J. Fischer.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive reading list, along with assignments and study materials.

Course Description

This course presents a survey of social theory from the 19th century to the present. The focus is on (a) the social grounds from which the theory arises; (b) the utility and limitations of older theories for current conditions; (c) the creation of new theory out of contemporary conditions; (d) sciences and technologies as the infrastructures upon which social institutions depend, are shaped, and shape.


Prof. Michael M. J. Fischer

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session




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