SSC 217 Technology and Society

This course examines the economic, political, social, and environmental impacts of technological development on the modern world.  Topics include the role of technology in job loss and creation, the role of fossil fuels in the advance of civilization, energy dependence, technological transfer between nations, the inventive process, the control of technology, biotechnology, and the development of weapons of mass destruction.  Students develop the ability to think, read, and write critically and analytically and to understand how technological change is connected to human behavior and how power is wielded within society.  Prerequisite: a passing score of 68 or higher on the College's Reading placement test and a passing score of 3 or higher on the College's English placement test; or concurrent registration in ENG 090 and/or RDG 090 (formerly ENG 10 and/or RDG 10) and a grade of C or better in RDG 080 (formerly RDG 09).  Three class hours per week.  Competency met: Global Awareness (5.2), Ethical Dimensions (7.0).  Fall, Spring, Summer.

3 credits
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