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Carol Zander
B CUSP 107
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Individuals and Society

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.

Class description

Linked with B CUSP 101 - Examines how computers are changing our world, and shaping society and our future -- both helpful and harmful effects. Examines how computing has become an (invisible) element in every aspect of our lives, providing every convenience, present in every innovation, controlling access, and influencing our perspective of our world. Integrated in this course will be a survey of patterns of non-fiction writing (B CUSP 101). Writing on topics from the computing discipline, students will apply critical reading strategies to identify the patterns, learn when to use them, and demonstrate them in their own writing.

Student learning goals

See and understand the basics of software and hardware.

See and understand the history of technology/computing and how it has shaped the world today.

See and understand the implications and impacts of technology on the individual and society.

Learn and build an application of basic ethical principles in computing: honesty, responsibility, and fairness.

Become familiar with controversies in computing: privacy, freedom of speech, intellectual property, crime, work, technology, ethics.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Carol Zander
Date: 10/15/2008