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HIST 332 The Machine in America: A Social History of Technology (CORE—Society, Science and Technology)

Prerequisite: HIST 217 or HIST 218 or permission of the instructor. (Summer or Winter—as needed/3 credits) 

This course explores the ways in which technology, broadly defined, has contributed to the building of American society from colonial times to the present. It views technology as a central theme in American history, one that has profoundly affected American society and culture. The course will concentrate primarily on ideas and forces at work in American history as it seeks answers to such questions as: How has technology evolved and how has it affected the way in which American society has developed? What meanings have Americans ascribed to the material aspects of their culture, and how have these meanings shaped the culture itself? How have Americans sought to control the evolution of technology, and with what consequences?