Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HUM 202
Course Title:
Humanities & Technology: Contemporary Issues
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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. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. 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


  • 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


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


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