Technology, Society and Culture—Course Syllabus
Summer 2010, Session B
Thursdays, 6:00 to 9:50 p.m., Room 127.
Class activities will last the full
meeting time, so please plan accordingly.
R. Preissle, Ph.D., Senior Professor
5:00 to 6:00 Thursday and Friday, and by appointment.
During office hours, look
for me in the main computer lab near the front entrance.
Society, Ethics, and Technology
at Follett Bookstore on main campus, and in used copies via the Internet.
Technology, Society and Culture is an interdisciplinary course that takes a liberal
arts/social sciences approach to technology and functions as a capstone for the College of Liberal
Arts & Sciences.
It investigates the relationship between society, culture and technology through
readings, reflection, research, and reports.
The course identifies conditions that have promoted
technological development and assesses the social, political, environmental, cultural, and
economic effects of current technology.
Issues of control and ethical considerations in the use of
technology are primary.
Discussion, as well as written reports, draws together students’ prior
learning in both specialty and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences courses.
and upper division standing
If OSS allowed you to register for the course without
these two prerequisites, you’re likely to find the course extremely challenging (and it is to begin
with very challenging), and should consider another course until you’ve satisfied the
Course Requirements and Weights
As the capstone course in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, HUMN-432 requires
you to complete a wide variety of assignments totaling a possible 1,000 points.
Two exams, not comprehensive
Between the two exams, your higher score counts
175, and your lower score 125.
Four reading quizzes, no drops, 25 points each