Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will address two major questions. First, how did technological development in America influence American thought, culture and society. Second, how did American thought, culture and society shape technological development in America. Some of the topics that will be discussed are: colonial technology; early industrialization and technology transfer -- the case of the textile industry; the transportation revolution -- canals, steamboats and railroads; the application of science to technology; the communications revolution -- the case of the telegraph and the telephone; the invention of invention -- Thomas Edison and the rise of the industrial research laboratory; Mass Production and Scientific Management -- the cases of Henry Ford and F. W. Taylor; World War II and the rise of the military-industrial complex.
Prerequisite: HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2330, HIST 2331, or equivalent.
Ruth Schwartz Cowan, A Social History of Technology.
Carroll Pursell, The Machine in America (1st or 2nd editions).
Thomas P. Hughes, American Genesis.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Grades will be based on two essay exams, one 8-10 page paper along with class attendance and participation.