Concentration liaison: Prof. Sara Grimes
Major scientific and technological advances in information technology and biotechnology have had a fundamental impact on socio-cultural practices and values, and are rapidly transforming arenas that have traditionally been the domain of cultural, religious, and human concern.
New technologies continue to influence areas such as genetically modified crops, in-vitro fertilization, cyborg implants and genetic adjustments to the human body. At the same time, major societal forces are playing a profound role in affecting how science and technology develop.
C&T is designed to allow you to examine how society, culture, and understanding of the human condition influence, and are influenced by, technological development. It will provide you with the resources needed to understand, integrate, assess, and deploy multi-methodological arguments, in order to develop powerful, balanced, and integrated positions.
Become a specialist who can identify, interpret, explain and shape the socio-cultural impact of technologies at the micro and macro levels. C&T professionals observe, discover, define, analyze, and assess issues created from the interplay between culture and technology.
Affiliated with the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology (a program of the The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology), the concentration is part of the centre’s role as a space where searching minds and intense visionaries can be enlisted. It’s a place for focussing on socio-technical issues related to computing, information systems and services, media, and the Internet, in order to (re)think the digitally-mediated world.
- Develop technical, philosophical, and critical skills for the examination of the reciprocal influences of culture and technology.
- Gain an understanding of the multiple ways in which technologies reflect, influence, encourage, support, and enforce social, political, cultural, and economic forces and values.
- Develop critical skills in the design, use, assessment, and evaluation of complex information systems.
- Develop the requisite conceptual, critical, and philosophical skills necessary to take a leading role in guiding social and cultural discussions of the radical and transformative possibilities that are, and increasingly will be, afforded by technological intervention in the physical bases of human life.
- Be exposed to, and trained in, intensive processes of cross-disciplinary peer review