Aug 17, 2022  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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HIST 2905 - Technology in World History

From hand tools, stirrups, and windmills to lasers, batteries, and biotechnology, human history and technology can only be understood together. This course explores the ways in which technology has shaped human society from antiquity to the twentieth century. Beginning with a chronological survey that highlights key moments in in pre-modern societies, it then focuses on important themes in the last several centuries. These themes include transportation, industry, agriculture, war, and the environment, among others. In this way, technology provides a critical perspective for understanding modernization in a global context.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to critically state, describe, and consider the social and ecological impact of human technological innovation with reference to specific historical moments.
  • Students will be able to identify major technological developments in world history and describe the particular circumstances affecting them.
  • Students will be able to analyze and state their own conclusions about the mutually contingent relationship between technology and society using a variety examples from course materials.
  • Students will be able to apply the logic and methods of empirical inquiry as applied to the social, cultural, environmental, or political contexts of technology.
  • Students will be able to explain how historical and critical interpretations of technological change contribute to an informed approach to technology and society as a citizen.

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