Denmark, Aarhus

History and Culture of Computing Since WWII

when 1 August 2011 - 19 July 2011
duration -1 week
credits 5 ECTS

The pervasiveness of computers means that we take them for granted in history, society and culture. How did the digital world take form? What were key turning points? Could it be different? The course examines these historical questions. Course offered by Department of Science studies, AU.

Course leader

The teacher is Professor Thomas J. Misa, director of the Charles Babbage Institute for the History of Information Technology. Misa has published seven books on the history of technology. His latest, "Gender Codes," deals with women and men and c

Target group

Participants must be enrolled in a master's degree or a PhD-program in a relevant field such as science, computer science, or mathematics, or in a program that has a strong component of history and/or philosophy of science and/or technology.

Course aim

Computers have influenced modern society in fundamental ways. The purpose of this course is to present and discuss the development of the role and practice of computers and computing and the way they have interacted with modern society.
Computers are part and parcel of modern society. Integral to a host of everyday routines at work and in the home, computers are shaped by, and increasingly shape, humans and their social order(s). Computers have been developed to serve military, scientific, political, grassroots and many more types of interests. Today, computers are almost always everywhere; their pervasiveness means that we sometimes ignore their hugely important implications to history, society and culture. The purpose of this course is to historically investigate, analyze and discuss aspects of computer history, including the role of computing in shaping modern society.

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