Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Amato, Lawrence
Discipline and Number
HIST 3337 Section 001
TR Time 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Course Title
Technology and Western Civilization

Description of Course:

This course will principally explore the historic relationship between technology and society. Toward this end we will attempt to unpack certain key concepts that are often taken for granted—such as history, art, science, technology and culture—as adequately understanding these concepts is necessary for comprehending this relationship. We will also examine the co-constitutive nature of this relationship, that is, how the values of Western Civilization influence the development of technology and how technology simultaneously influences the values of Western Civilization. To draw out this relationship we will survey various ideas and technologies that have arisen throughout the history of Western Civilization. Our readings will be close, critical engagements with historical and philosophical texts.

Required Texts:

Craig Hanks, ed., "Technology and Values," Wiley-Blackwell, 978-1-4051-4901-3

James E. McClellan III and Harold Dorn, eds., "Science and Technology in World History: An Introduction," 2nd Edition, Johns Hopkins University Press, 0-8018-8360-1

Keith Ansell Pearson and Duncan Large, "The Nietzsche Reader," Blackwell Publishing, 978-0-631-22654-3

Josef Pieper, Leisure, "The Basis of Culture," trans. Gerald Malsbary, St. Augustine’s Press, 1-890318-35-3

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

There will be a midterm and a final. Participation will also be expected.

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