SOC 368 Fall 2014 Technology and Modern Society

With widespread use of new social media, controversial developments in such bio-technical practices as the cloning of mammals, rapid advances in various forms of telecommunication, and the increasing sophistication of technological weaponry in the military, the triumph of technology remains a defining feature of modern life. For the most part, modern humans remain unflinchingly confident in the possibilities technology holds for continuing to improve the human condition. Indisputably, technology has benefited human life in innumerable ways. However, as with other features of modernity, technology has also had significant, albeit largely unanticipated, social consequences. Working within a sociological paradigm, this course will focus on the less often examined latent functions of technology in modern society. It will consider, for example, the social effects of technology on community life, on privacy, and on how people learn, think, understand the world, communicate, and organize themselves. The course will also examine the effects of technology on medicine, education, criminal law, and agriculture and will consider such counter-cultural reactions to technology as the Luddite movement in early nineteenth century England, Amish agrarian practices, and the CSA (community supported agriculture) movement.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two short papers, a midterm exam, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Anthropology and Sociology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives,HSCI Interdepartmental Electives,SCST Elective Courses
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1217
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SOC 368 - 01 (F) SEM Technology & Modern Society Division 2: Social Studies James L. Nolan
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Stetson 508 1217
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