College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Technology and Modern Civilization
This course is a humanistic analysis of technology, with attention to its influence upon modern American culture in a global context. Topics include the history and development of technology; the influence of technology upon certain philosophies such as determinism and utilitarianism; the influence of technology on the ecosphere; and the depiction of technology in imaginative literature and the fine arts.
Students will improve their abilities to deal rationally with philosophical issues involving information technology and its impact upon human lives.Students will see the relationships between technologies and their own values, beliefs, and behaviors. Each student will prepare an original researched and documented project.
1. Describe and discuss the history of information technologies from the development of theelectric telegraph in the early 19th century through the ubiquitous digital networking technologies of the present.2. Complete an individual project based upon substantial research, having to do with the interaction of an informationtechnology and a society or social institution.3. Define and discuss philosophical issues having to do with technology, such as: technologicaldeterminism; division of labor; deskilling of labor; centralization of information; rationalism; decentralized technology; or alternative technologies.4. Describe and provide examples of ways in which technology can affect politics, leisure, transportation, entertainment, personal values, religion, demographics, economics, or other social institutions and phenomena.
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