STS 322

War, Technology, and Society in the Modern World

This course analyzes the interrelationship between scientific and technological innovation and the changing nature and scope of warfare in their socio-political and economic context from the 16th to the 21st century. The course is organized chronologically and topically to include the following: the professionalization of war and the military revolution of the 16th-17th centuries, the industrialization and mechanization of warfare in the 19th-20th centuries, the evolution of total war and the balance of nuclear terror in the age of the superpowers, and the technetronic and asymmetrical warfare of the 21st century.