Technology and Society is a course that specializes in the study of technology as a pervasive, complex force that is interwoven in the cultural, social, political, ethical and intellectual existence of all people. The development of technology has brought about new dangers related to material and social wealth. This is leading to a growing awareness of the direct and indirect consequences of our technological world, and the need to develop alternative means of accomplishing societal goals. As technologies become more powerful and integrated across societies, the ability to foresee the social, economic, and environmental consequences of their development has become increasingly critical. The goal of this course is to increase student awareness of the uncertainties and future direction associated with technological development. Emphasis is given to the nature of technology, the impact of devices and systems on the quality of life, assessment of the benefits and risks of technology, and technological ethics for responsible decision-making.
Recommended Grade Level: 9-12
Recommended Prerequisite: Technology Systems
Credits: 1 semester course, 1 credit per semester, maximum 1 semester
Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.
Technology and Society