Instructor: Prof. Pamela E. Mack
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a sampling of the history
of American technology from colonial times to the present. The
goal of the course is to think about the role of technological
change in society with the help of the broader perspective that
history provides. To that end, the course will not cover
evolution of every significant technology, but rather will focus
on different views of technology and discuss in detail selected
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course students should be able to:
General Education: this course meets the STS general
Science and Technology in Society:
Demonstrate an understanding of issues created by the complex interactions among science, technology, and society.
One of the papers you write for this course is your STS artifact. While students are no longer required to upload artifacts to an ePortfolio, the university will be collecting artifacts from some general education courses to evaluate general education.
20% daily assignments and class participationDAILY ASSIGNMENTS:
10% small group projects
15% each, an essay of 3-4 pages based on each of the first three books
15% group project with students in Germany
10% final reflection (takehome exam)
It is cheating to cut and paste or otherwise copy portions
of a argument paper, exam, or discussion board posting from a
book, web site, or from the online class notes, even if you
change a few words, unless you quote and give the source.
It is poor writing for more than about 20% of your paper to
consist of quotes.
In most cases when you use specific material from any source
you should paraphrase: cite the source and put the ideas into you own
words (generally no more than 5 consecutive words
should match the source but if the words are mostly the same
it could still be plagiarism even if there aren't 5
Toil: A History of United States Slavery
by Calvin Schermerhorn
|How the Working-Class Home Became
by Thomas C. Hubka
Power: A Social History of American Energies by
David E. Nye
||Renewable Energy: A
Primer for the Twenty-First Century by Bruce
SCHEDULE: Readings are listed by the day we will discuss
them in class. Underlined lecture titles are links that
lead to notes.
|Wed., Jan. 6||Introduction
|Fri., Jan. 8||Discuss class norms
|Mon., Jan. 11||Schermerhorn introduction and
|Wed., Jan. 13||Schermerhorn 1-2
|Fri., Jan. 15||Schermerhorn 3-4
|Mon., Jan. 18||Martin Luther King Holiday
|Wed., Jan. 20||Schermerhorn 5-7
|Fri., Jan. 22|
|Mon., Jan. 25||Schermerhorn 8-9
|Wed., Jan. 27||Schermerhorn 11-12 and
|Fri., Jan. 29|
|Mon., Feb. 1||Hubka Introduction||Schermerhorn essay due|
|Wed., Feb. 3||Hubka 1|
|Fri., Feb. 5|
|Mon., Feb. 8||Hubka 2|
|Wed., Feb. 10||Hubka 3|
|Fri., Feb. 12|
|Mon., Feb. 15||Hubka 4|
|Wed., Feb. 17||Hubka 5 and conclusion
|Fri., Feb. 19|
|Mon., Feb. 22||Nye introduction and ch. 1
||Hubka essay due
|Wed., Feb. 24||Nye 2
|Fri., Feb. 26|
|Mon., Mar. 1||Nye 3
|Wed., Mar. 3||Nye 4|
|Fri., Mar. 5|
|Mon., Mar. 8||Nye 5|
|Wed., Mar. 10||Nye 6-7
|Fri., Mar. 12||Nye paper due
|Mon., Mar. 15 - 19
|Mon., Mar. 22||Nye 8-9
|Wed., Mar. 24||Usher 1-3
|Fri., Mar. 26|
|Mon., Mar. 29||Usher 4-5
|Wed., Mar. 31||Usher 6-8
|Fri., Apr. 2|
|Mon., Apr. 5||Usher 9-10|
|Wed., Apr. 7||presentations
|Fri., Apr. 9|
|Mon., Apr. 12||discussion Usher ch. 11
|Wed., Apr. 14||presentations
|Fri., Apr. 16|
|Mon., Apr. 19||discussion Usher ch. 12
|Wed., Apr. 21||presentations
||Written assignment based on the
|Fri., Apr. 23|
|Tues., Apr. 27||takehome final (reflection on learning) due|
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