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ATLS 2000: Meaning of Information Technology

Course Description

A survey of the mutual influence of technology, arts, media, and society. Equips students with an understanding of technological transformations in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication. Emphasis is on the technological, social and political changes that underlie the movement toward a digital society.

Students will examine the mutual influence of technology, arts, media, and society. Towards this end, we critically analyze our increasingly digital society through a variety of lenses including historical and contemporary, as well as with future implications in mind. As such, the class acts as a survey of various technologies and their relationship to socio-political issues. We not only address “how does it work” and “where does this come from” but “why is it here” and “how does it impact us as individuals and as a society”.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Gain, or deepen, an understanding of contemporary issues surrounding technology usage, trends, concerns, benefits, and forms of expression.
  • Student will critically analyze technology’s impact from multiple vantages: professionally, personally, academically, environmentally, artistically, politically, culturally, etc
  • Student develops critical perspectives on course topics as well as the ability to articulate said perspectives verbally and in writing.
  • Student has a familiarity with the history of information technology, its significant moments, its major contributors, and contemporary trends.
  • Student has a working understanding of topics and vocabulary relevant to information technology (e.g. HTML, CSS: students should know what these acronyms stand for).
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Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


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