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Course Outcomes

In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competency:

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Analyze the evolving role of technology in one’s discipline of study or chosen profession by investigating the influence of technology on modern culture 

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Integrate interdisciplinary approaches for determining how technology affects modern identity in personal and professional contexts 

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Explain how technology influences modern society by employing appropriate research strategies

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Recommend strategies for utilizing current technology to meet personal and professional goals

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Articulate informed viewpoints on how technology shapes the world and can influence change using effective communication skills

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Assess the impact of emerging technologies on societal issues for incorporating diverse perspectives and viewpoints informed by relevant literature and interpersonal experiences

Overview

This course explores technology and its impact on the world around us. Technology influences society and society influences technology, creating a feedback loop between them. You will critically analyze a feedback loop in this project through social, historical, and cultural approaches to technology with the aid of the four general education lenses: history, humanities, natural and applied sciences, and social sciences. From this enhanced understanding, you will be equipped to draw connections among technology, self, and society. These skills are often necessary to achieve personal and professional goals across many disciplines.

Directions

For this project, you will write a 10-page paper that examines a social, cultural, or global event where a technology plays a significant role. In the paper, you will describe your chosen technology and event, construct a thesis statement, perform a critical analysis that makes use of at least one of the general education lenses, and reflect on how your analysis can inform your personal life and experience. You will demonstrate your ability to think critically, investigate, and communicate clearly.

Specifically, you must address the following rubric criteria:

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Evidence: You will use evidence to support your analysis throughout the project.

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Integrate reliable evidence from varied sources throughout your paper to support your analysis. Use at least two resources from the Module Resources sections of this course and two resources that you find through your own research using the Shapiro Library.

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It is important to draw from a more diverse pool of perspectives from varied sources to support the analysis. This is different from the Citations and Attribut

The Four General Education Lenses

Each time we approach a question or project, we are informed by certain perspectives, or “lenses.” At any given time, we are looking through multiple lenses, but often, one may be more dominant than the others. Throughout your academic journey, these lenses coincide with disciplines or fields of study. Here at SNHU, we’ve prioritized four of these lenses: humanities, history, the sciences, and the social sciences. Professionals in these fields all ask questions in order to gain information, but they may ask them in different ways that will help them examine different aspects of a topic. We can think of these as four different telescopes, and each lens has different characteristics. Thus, depending on the lens we are looking through, the cultural artifacts we encounter—the constructed items that convey the benchmarks of a particular culture or social group—will tell a different story.

The Humanities

At the core of the humanities is human creativity, and they explore the things that humanity creates and how they offer insight into the way people experienced their present, interacted with their culture, and comprehended abstract concepts and big questions about humanity’s place in the universe. The humanities broaden perspectives and promote an understanding of multiple experiences, cultures, and values through various mediums of creative human expression–such as literature, fine art, dance, photography, philosophy and religion, film and television, music, even the internet and social media— many of which are taught as separate academic disciplines. Within the humanities, both the artist’s (or creator’s) intent and audience reception of a creative artifact are considered to help understand cultural values and why they matter. They celebrate cultural diversity while also highlighting cultural similarity. View these brief videos for more on the lens of the humanities:

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What Are the Humanities and Why Are They Important? (CC)

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This closed caption video gives the viewer an overview of the importance of the study of humanities in higher education.

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Humanities

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