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Social Theory and Analysis

Photo of Iranian woman engineer using a video camera.

An Iranian woman engineer using a video camera to film her team in the 6th International robotic soccer competitions. The logo of those competitions are projected onto her chador from a spotlight in the Fukuoka, Japan, sports dome. (Image courtesy of Prof. Michael M.J. Fischer.)


MIT Course Number

21A.750J / STS.250J

As Taught In

Fall 2004



Course Description

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.