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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HU 439 - Philosophy of Technology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will examine the nature, history, and impact of modern technology upon ourselves, our lives, and the world we share with other living beings, both human and non-human. Students will study and evaluate various views toward technology and from this basis develop their own philosophical and ethical positions regarding the impact, purpose, and direction for technology. One of the aims here is to question, explore, and evaluate much of what we may take for granted about modern technology. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand and critically evaluate the impact technology has upon our lives and world
  • Understand and evaluate various attitudes and values people have toward technology
  • Ask critical questions about the future directions of technology and explore whether any ethical vision guides the development of technology

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Philosophy of technology (3 classes)
  • History of technology (3 classes)
  • Developing a philosophy of technology (8 classes)
  • Rethinking technology (9 classes)
  • Brave New World (3 classes)
  • Future of technology (3 classes)
  • Midterm exam (1 class)
  • Final Exam (2 classes)

Gary Boelkins

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