Silicon Valley

AMSTUD
145
Instructors
Kessler, E. (PI)
Section Number
1
Silicon Valley. The site and source of vibrant economic growth and technological innovation. A disruptive force in social, economic, and political systems. An interface between technology and academia, with the the quirky influence of the counterculture in the background. A surprisingly agile cultural behemoth that has reshaped human relationships and hierarchies of all sorts. A brotopia built on the preferences and predilections of rich, geeky white guys. A location with perpetually sunny skies and easy access to beaches and mountains. nnThis seminar will unpack the myths surrounding Silicon Valley by exploring the people, places, industries, and ideas that have shaped it from post-WWII to the present. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject and considers region's history and development; the products of Silicon Valley, from computers and circuit boards to search algorithms and social networks; and Silicon Valley's depictions in photography, film, television, and literature.
Undergraduate
Grading
Letter or Credit/No Credit
Requirements
WAY-A-II, WAY-SI
Units
5
Academic Year
Quarter
Winter
Section Days
Tuesday Thursday
Start Time
9:45 AM
End Time
11:15 AM