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Science, Technology, and Society (S T S)

S T S 245 (GS;IL) Globalization, Technology, and Ethics (3) An investigation of technology and ethics in the globalized world from contemporary, socio-cultural, and historical perspectives.

S T S 245 Globalization, Technology, and Ethics (3)

The objective of Globalization, Technology, and Ethics is to prepare students (especially but not limited to engineering and business students) who are headed into the corporate or government world for the challenges and realities of working in a rapidly globalizing world. This course will encourage students to become leaders in a mobile and diverse transnational workplace and help them to become critical citizens of that world. Through team-centered projects and readings from the social sciences and humanities, students will broaden their understanding of engineering, technology, and culture and then be given an introduction to how one makes ethical decisions about that world. The course is designed to provide skills, theories and experiences that will help them to be respectful, diplomatic and professional while being able to successfully work with technology in multiple cultures and contexts.

Globalization, Technology, and Ethics will also address topics of critical international and economic importance by including discussion of the World Trade Organization, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Students will understand their relationship to global manufacturing and technology use, off-shoring, outsourcing, international debt financing, and restructuring of world economies based upon different models of globalism. In addition, the class will address issues of 'glocalization' and student's and citizens' role in the globalized world and the multiple interactions that shape our technological world today.

General Education: GS
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2008

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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