Courses of Study 2013-2014 
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Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ECE 2980 - Inventing an Information Society

(also AMST 2980 , ENGRG 2980 , HIST 2920 , INFO 2921 , STS 2921 ) (HA)
Spring. 3 credits.

Approved for humanities distribution.


Explores the history of information technology from the 1830s to the present by considering the technical and social history of telecommunications, the electric-power industry, radio, television, computers, and the Internet. Emphasis is on the changing relationship between science and technology, the economic aspects of innovation, gender and technology, and other social relations of this technology.

Outcome 1: Knowledge of ethical issues regarding patent disputes, proprietary knowledge, privacy, and access of information technology.

Outcome 2: Ability to write essays that make sound arguments about major themes in the history of information technology. Ability to discuss these themes orally with the professor and other students.

Outcome 3: Understanding of the complex, mutual relationship between technological changes introduced by engineers and large social changes (e.g. TV, the rise of suburbanization, computerization of society, and the advent of the Information Age). Understanding why and how social groups invent technology and how the use of technology changes society.

Outcome 4: Awareness of such current issues as the regulation of telecommunications and the Internet.

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