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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


INFO 4240 Designing Technology for Social Impact

Course description

The social impact of technologies is typically thought about fairly late, if ever, in the design process. Indeed, it can be difficult at design time to predict what effects technologies will have. Nevertheless, design decisions can inadvertently “lock in” particular values early on. In this course, we will draw on science & technology studies, technology design, and the arts to analyze the values embodied in technology design and to design technologies to promote positive social impact. What social and cultural values do technology designs consciously or unconsciously promote? To what degree can social impact be “built into” a technology? How can we take social and cultural values into account in design?

A course reader will need to be purchased for this course ($35.50 in Fall 2018) Technical background is not needed for this course.


INFO 4240 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 24-August 6, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 10:30 AM - 12 PM Rockefeller Hall 112
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Khovanskaya, V. (vdk9)
Max. enroll:30
Restrictions:No high school students or pre-freshmen. This is an upper level course.
To enroll:Enroll online or submit a paper enrollment form. Enroll now.
Related:Cross-listed with STS 4240 001-LEC

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