This is an archived course. A more recent version may be available at ocw.mit.edu.
Prof. Michael M.J. Fischer
21A.750J / STS.250J
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.