This course provides a historical context for understanding the place and meaning of technology in the Western tradition. Students explore the historical roots of our technological civilization, paying particular attention to the relationship between technology and society in the modern world and the evolution of engineering and its social implications. Throughout the course, we will avoid casting the history of technology solely as a history of 'things' and instead focus on technology as a process embedded within research agendas, institutions, social expectations, economics, and specific use ' and thus as part of a broader 'socio-technical system.' Case studies will allow us to develop 'internal' accounts of the development of technology and science in conjunction with 'external' accounts of the historical context of technologies. The course will conclude with an assessment of recent approaches to the history of technology, such as the influence of systems theory or actor-network theory. Authors read will include David, Hacking, Heidegger, Hughes, Landes, Latour, Marchis, Mokyr and Wise.