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Course Descriptions: Spring 2014 - HTY 492 (001): Technology and Society Since 1800

Instructor:  Howard Segal

Time:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1:10 – 2:00 pm

Description:  This course has three principal purposes:

1.   To trace major developments in the history of American technology from the nation’s founding until the present,

2.   To evaluate the variety ofconceptions of “technology”;

3.   To examine the relationship between technological change and social and cultural change in both the past and the present.

The course assumes no familiarity with the history of technology and welcomes the participation of students from non-technical and technical backgrounds alike. The course will examine the history of technology both “internally”—as tools and machines—and “externally”—as related to the societies which have produced them and upon which they in turn have had impact.


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