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Fall 2017-2018
HIS 586 / HOS 586   na, npdf

American Technological History

Emily Thompson

This reading course introduces History Dept. graduate students to historical literature on American technology from the Colonial Era through the Twentieth Century. A chronological survey of technological development highlights the variety of ways scholars have understood technology and its interactions with society and culture from a historical perspective.

Sample reading list:
Patrick Malone, The Skulking Way of War
William Cronon, Changes in the Land
David Hounshell, From American System to Mass Production
Carolyn Goldstein, Creating Consumers: Home Economics in c20 America
Richard John, Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications
Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 35%
Term Paper(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Other Requirements:
HIS/HOS Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A small number of students from other departments may be admitted with the Professor's approval. These students must meet with the Professor prior to the first class meeting to review their qualifications..

Other information:
The course may serve as the basis for a minor field examine in History of American Technology, or in History of Modern Technology (with slight additions and revisions).

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21639 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Dickinson Hall   207   Enrolled:8 Limit:12