HIST 101: Technology and the Individual

Instructor: Sean Seyer

Day & Time:
Tuesday & Thursday
1:00 PM to 2:15 PM

Category Fulfillment: I

A road sign stands in tall weedy grass with a telephone poll overhead. The sign is centered with a large yin yang emblem reads "Technocracy Incorporated. Meets Each Monday Evening Basement of Public Library".

Technology and the Individual 

What does it mean to be an individual in today’s technological society? 

In this course, students will analyze the relationship among technological change, increasing social complexity, and notions of individualism and the individual experience throughout history. By studying a range of topics such as the Neolithic Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the impact of the automobile, and the rise of social media, students will learnvarious theoretical concepts concerning the relationship between technology and society in order to critically evaluate assumptions about technological change.  

Class periods are divided between lectures and discussions on preassigned readings, with a strong emphasis on student participation.