Science, Technology and Society


Prof. Sambit Mallick

IIT Guwahati

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The objective of the course is to enable students to understand science as a socio-cultural product in specific socio-historical contexts. The course exposes students to philosophical, historical and sociological perspectives to look at science as a practice deeply embedded in culture and society. It emphasizes the dynamic nature of the relations between wider cultural practices on one hand and scientific practices on the other. The attempt is to equip students with an understanding indispensable for an in-depth study of science-technology-society dynamics.


UG and PG students of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering


Sambit Mallick is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He specializes in the sociology of science and technology, and also includes historical sociology and philosophy of the social sciences among his research interests. His research and teaching are at the intersection of philosophy, social theory, and science and technology studies. His courses under NPTEL have attracted a large number of students even from the remote areas in India and abroad.

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Course Details

Week 1:  Science, Technology and Society: Cognitive and Ethical Dimensions
Week 2:  Science, Technology and Society: Methodological Dimensions I
Week 3:  Science, Technology and Society: Methodological Dimensions II
Week 4:  Science, Technology and Society: Methodological Dimensions III
Week 5:  Inequalities in Science I
Week 6:  Inequalities in Science II
Week 7:  Technology as Knowledge
Week 8:  Social Shaping of Technology I
Week 9:  Social Shaping of Technology II
Week 10: Social Shaping of Technology III
Week 11: Information Society
Week 12: Science and Technology in India


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2. G. Basalla, The Evolution of Technology, Cambridge University Press, 1988.
3. C.A. Alvares, Homo Faber: Technology and Culture in India, China and the West, 1500 to the Present Day, Allied Publishers, 1979.
4. A.F. Chalmers, What is this Thing called Science?, The Open University Press, 1980.
5. R. MacLeod and D. Kumar (eds.), Technology and the Raj: Western Technology and Technical Transfers to India, Oxford University Press, 1995.
6. I. Hacking, The Social Construction of What?, Harvard University Press, 2001.
7. E.J. Hackett, O. Amsterdamska, M. Lynch and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, The MIT Press, 2008.
8. J.R. Kloppenberg Jr., First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology, 1492-2000, The Macmillan Press, 1988.
9. D. Lyon, Information Society: Issues and Illusions, Polity Press, 1988.
10.D. MacKenzie and J. Wajcman (eds.), The Social Shaping of Technology, The Open University Press, 1999.
11.H. Rose and S. Rose, The Political Economy of Science: Ideology of/in the Natural Sciences, The Macmillan Press Ltd., 1976.
12. W. Bijker, T.P Hughes and T. Pinch (eds.), The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, The MIT Press, 1989.


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