NS 304 Science, Technology, and Society
U1HH 2008 PA
Vaughan, David K.
BS Engineering Sciences, US Air Force Academy, 1962MA English, University of Michigan, 1969PhD English, University of Washington, 1974
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Summer (26 May-27 July) 2008
5:30 - 10:30 PM
Rudi Volti, Society and Technological Change, 5th ed. (New York: Worth Publishers, 2005). Abbreviated in schedule as STC.
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The following sources may prove helpful in understanding course material and in preparing the course paper and oral report.
Bureau of Naval Personnel. Basic Machines and How they Work. Dover Publications, 1971.
Buchanan, R. A. The Power of the Machine: The Impact of Technology from 1700 to the Present Day. Viking, 1992.
Cardwell, D. The Norton History of Technology. Norton, 1994.
Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. A Social History of American Technology. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Ferguson, Eugene S. Engineering and the Mind's Eye. MIT Press, 1992.
Finch, James Kip. The Story of Engineering. Doubleday, 1960.
Hawke, David Freeman. Nuts and Bolts of the Past: A History of American Technology, 1776-1860. Harper & Row, 1988.
Hills, Richard L. Power from Steam: A History of the Stationary Steam Engine. Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Juenger, Friedrich. The Failure of Technology. Regnery, 1956.
May, George S. A Most Unique Machine: The Michigan Origins of the American Automobile Industry. Eerdmans, 1975.
Petroski, Henry. To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design. St Martins, 1985.
Pursell, Carroll. The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology. John Hopkins, 1995.
Pursell, Carroll, ed. Technology in America: A History of Individuals and Ideas. MIT Press, 1981.
Rapport, Samuel, and Helen Wright, eds. Engineering: Cases and Examples. New York University Press, 1963.
Rolt, L. T. C. James Watt. Batsford, 1962.
Tichi, Cecelia. Shifting Gears: Technology, Literature, Culture in Modernist America. North Carolina, 1987.
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The instructor’s educational philosophy is to establish an atmosphere of interaction in the classroom and to encourage interest and inquiry towards the subject.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Course grades will be calculated from scores obtained on the following course assignments: midterm and final exam; written course report; oral report based on course paper; homework assignments; and class participation.
Course grades will be calculated from scores obtained on midterm and final exam (25% each); written course report (25%); homework assignments (10 %); oral reports (10%); and class participation (5%). Students will complete a 4-6 page paper and deliver an 8-10 minute oral report based on the paper. Assignments are graded with numerical scores according to the following scale: A = 90-100; B = 80-89; C = 70-79; D = 60-69; F = below 60. Final grades are based on the weighted average of grades received on all course assignments.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments submitted late and tests completed late will be penalized 10% of the earned grade unless lateness was due to excused absence.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class sessions will consist of a combination of lecture, class discussions, and in-class exercises. Students are expected to arrive promptly and remain in class for the full period of class time. Assignments or tests completed late will be penalized 10% of the earned grade unless lateness is the result of excused absence. Excused absences must be supported by written documentation signed by official approving authority. If no written documentation is provided, absence will be considered unexcused. According to Park University policy, two consecutive unexcused absences or three total unexcused absences will result in administrative withdrawal from the course with a grade of "F." Students should notify the instructor if they expect to be absent from class, and they should arrange to obtain information and instructions that were given out during their absence. Plagiarism (the intentional use of the work of others without appropriate acknowledgement) will result in a failing grade. Cell phones and pagers should be turned off while class is in session.
29 May Introduction STC, Ch 1, 4
05 June Technology and Change STC, Ch 2, 3, 8 Homework Q1
12 June Technology and Work STC, Ch 5, 9, 10 Homework Q2
19 June Technology, Energy, and Medicine STC, Ch 6, 7 Homework Q3
26 June Technology and Communication; Midterm Examination STC, Ch 11, 12
03 July Technology and Warfare STC, Ch 13, 14 Homework Q4
10 July Organizational Control of Technology STC, Ch. 15, 16 Homework Q5
17 July Governmental Controls and Technology STC, Ch 17 Oral reports
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