Office Hours

Dr. Tyrol has drop-in face-to-face office hours at the times below. She is also available to meet by appointment - virtually or face-to-face - at these times and others. Please email her to schedule appointments.

310 Cullimore Hall
Fall 2020:
Tuesday 2:15 - 3:45
Thursday 2:30 - 4:00

Understanding Technological Society

(NJIT Fall 2018, 2019, 2020)

We live in an exciting era of technological innovation and accessibility. Yet many people in the world don’t have access to the benefits of cutting edge science and technology, and even with those benefits, myriad problems still face humanity: disease, physical ailments, safety hazards, mental health problems, and loneliness & alienation all take their toll on each individual on the planet.

The discipline of Science and Technology Studies attempts to look critically at the broad impact of science and technology on the world. It asks what the human costs of research and development are and what the human impact is on that research and development. Science does not exist in an isolated bubble, it is both informed by and informs the society in which it is being done.

This course investigates different ways of defining and doing science, the historical and political significance of various technologies, and the deeper meaning of abstract notions like “truth” and “goodness”. Students endeavor to develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the many different perspectives that are brought to bear on scientific and technological decision-making and to begin envisioning a more diverse range of possibilities for future technoscientific design and innovation.

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Artificial Intelligence and the Human Mind

(NJIT Fall 2019, 2020)

What does it mean for a machine to know? What does this say about the possibility of human knowledge? In this course, we will explore what artificial intelligence (or, AI) is, how it works, how the field has developed, how the specific technical implementations of AI influence and are influenced by sociocultural factors, what barriers exist to AI research, what threats AI development may pose, and what AI can tell us about ourselves.

This is not a programming course, and although some attention will be paid to AI technologies and algorithms, no coding will be involved. This course is appropriate for students at any level of previous AI experience.

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(NJIT Fall 2018, Spring 2019, 2020)

This course discusses how the basic tenets of psychology change (or don’t) in online interactions and with exposure to online environments. Students design and complete a project over the course course of the semester using psychology and qualitative social science research methods to analyze and understand actual online social groups and interactions.

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General Psychology

(NJIT Spring 2019, 2020)

Introduction to the study of human behavior. Topics include motivation, perception, learning, cognitive development, personality and emotion, individual difference, and biological basis of behavior, as well as methodology in psychological research. This course satisfies the three credit 200 GER in History and Humanities.

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Fundamentals of Research in STS

(NJIT Spring 2019, 2020)

Focuses on research methods in the field of science, technology and society. Focuses on the following methods: problem statement and hypothesis formulation; research design in science, technology and society; data sources; and data acquisition and analysis. This course satisfies the three credit 300 GER in History and Humanities.

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