Technology, Society, and Culture
Richard A. Blass
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Technology, Society, and Culture is an interdisciplinary course that takes a liberal arts/social
sciences approach to technology and functions as a capstone for general education.
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 oral and written reports, draws together
students’ prior learning in both specialty and general education courses.
HUMN-410 and 89 earned credit hours / 3-0-3
Terminal Course Objectives
Given the various levels of technological development since the first tool specializations,
develop a working definition of technology in its various aspects.
2. Given a time-line illustrating the history of the Earth in subcomponents of billions of
years, relate the development of plants, animals, and humankind to the geological
changes in the Earth according to the proportionality and mutual influence of these
3. Given a chronological overview of the history of technology, and using the timeline
provided in the class textbook, establish a list of events that represent the most
significant contributors to the development of technology.
4. Identify philosophies that accompanied technological growth and analyze the
causes/effects of technological growth from cultural, scientific, and humanistic
5. Analyze the impact of technological development on marginalized social groups, e.g.
minorities, women, elders, etc., by correlating these advancements with social changes
6. Given readings illustrating different attitudes toward technology, evaluate several
contrasting viewpoints on the subject in terms of their ability to predict or accurately
describe the effects of technology on the quality of life.
7. Analyze the impact of technology on the size, growth, and composition of world
population and its effect on available resources.