PCC/ CCOG / HUM

Course Content and Outcome Guide for HUM 202

Course Number:
HUM 202
Course Title:
Humanities & Technology: Contemporary Issues
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Offers critical examination of the relationship between people and technology. Uses insights derived from a study of the Humanities in conjunction with those from the Social Sciences to inquire into the appropriate use and possible misuse of technology in contemporary society. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

After successful completion of HUM 202 students should be able to:

  • Use critical thinking to analyze the relationship between technology and contemporary societies and nations in different parts of the world.
  • Understand and appreciate the technological implications of modernization and capitalism on individuals and groups in €œfirst€ and €œthird€ world communities.
  • Use collegelevel communication skills by speaking, listening and writing clearly about technology and modern civilizations.
  • Identify culturallygrounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influence people€™s creation and use of technology.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods.  The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes:

  • Midterm and /or final exam
  • In-class quizzes
  • Examine and discuss a musical, literary or visual art and support views in writing.
  • Describe the value of a creative work from a historical perspective.
  • Working collaboratively in large and small groups
  • Capstone project on the influence of technology, for example on music or painting
  • Research paper on the impact of technology, for example on the  role of women in various cultures
  • Assess how technology has affected civilizations over time.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Connect past and present events
  • Problem solving
  • Work collaboratively with others
  • Clearly articulate thoughts orally and in writing
  • Close examination of primary and secondary sources

Themes

  • Technology€™s impact on groups throughout the modern world
  • Influence of technology on societal values
  • Technology€™s affect on culture, for example: writing, music, art
  • Theology and technology
  • Environmental implications of technology

Concepts

  • First world
  • Third world
  • Modernization
  • Capitalism
  • Environmentalism
  • Worldview

Issues

  • Use and misuse of technology
  • Technology and gender
  • Technology and economic developments
  • Contemporary values as related to modern technology