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Michael Kucher
TIBCG 437
Tacoma Campus

Technology in the Modern World

Examines social, cultural, and historical studies of the role of technology in the modern world. Themes include the unintended consequences of new technologies; the relationship between technology and the environment; production and consumption; and technology's role in forming divisions along lines of race, class, and gender.

Class description

In the Autumn of 2006, the theme of the course will again be gender and technology. We will likely be starting the quarter with a reading of Edmund Russell's extraordinary essay, "Evolutionary History" (Available free through the UW E-jouranls page at: http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/ejournals/E.html Look for the April 2003 isue, the articles are listed in alphabetical order by title). See course web page and e-reserve site for syllabus and readings. We will be using a new collection of essays edited by Nina Lerman of Whitman College and reflecting on the consequences of the attack on the world trade center through the eyes of Wendell Berry, in his In the Presence of Fear: Three Essays for a Changed World.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Taught as a discussion seminar, with limited lecturing.

Recommended preparation

Survey in US and World History very helpful. NOT recommended for Freshmen students.

Class assignments and grading

25 pages of writing during the quarter.

Grading is based on evaluation of written assignments, daily participation in-class discussions, and a final project.


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.
Additional Information, see course web site
Last Update by Michael Kucher
Date: 09/26/2006