HST 318: HISTORY OF ENGINEERINGCOURSE INFORMATIONCourse Number: HST 318Credits: 3 Credit HoursPre-‐requisites: NoneThis is an online course. You can log into your course via MyASU (), or you may godirectly to Canvas (.)INSTRUCTOR CONTACTEmail address:email@example.comOffice hours:Byemail appointmentInstructor Name:Mark Clark Office:Online InstructorOVERVIEWCatalog description: HST 318: History of EngineeringThis course introduces students to the history of engineering. Our focus will be primarily on thedevelopment and practices of engineering in America, but just like American engineers have donethroughout history, we will draw on developments in other times and places as well. We will explorequestions such as: who were the early American engineers, and where did they learn theirengineering skills? Why did American engineers create professional societies in the late nineteenthcentury? What are the relationships between engineering and science? How have military prioritiesshaped the practice of engineering over time? Who gets to be an engineer and why are someexcluded?A central theme of this course will be the mutual shaping of engineering and society. At eachmoment in history, the practice of engineering reflects the values, cultures, and institutions ofAmerican society. But equally importantly, engineers and the activities they undertake have helpedtransform American life-‐-‐altering the ways people have lived, worked, and played. Engineering is notsimply the art of designing and building widgets-‐-‐it is part of the social and material fabric ofeveryday life.Learning Outcomes:At the completion of this course, students will be able to:1.Outline and identify historical milestones in the development of engineering and its connectionsto social and cultural contexts2.Discuss the social dimensions of professionalization in engineering3.Describe the relationships between science and engineering4.Assess the influence of military institutions on the practices of American engineering5.Analyze power dynamics and inequalities within engineeringCourse Time Commitment:This three-‐credit course requires approximately 135 hours of work.Please expect to spendaround 18 hours each weekpreparing for and actively participating in thiscourse.
MATERIALS NEEDEDREQUIRED TEXTSThere are no required texts you need to purchase for this course. All readings will be available viaCanvas, public URLs, or the ASU Library web site.COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS•Desktop or laptop computer with Internet access, current within the last 5 years(Note:Canvas does have an app that can be used with mobile devices, but the app is limited anddoes not show everything available in the course. Please access Canvas primarily through adesktop or laptop computer.)•Web browser updated to the most recent possible version(Note: Internet Explorer doesnotwork reliably with Canvas. Please use a browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera.)•