Innovation, Culture and Society

KHC HC 501

In this class we will discuss some of the landmark essays that anticipate and critique the modern technological and media revolution (McLuhan, Foucault), as well as identify key historical moments of tension when innovation sparked important paradigmatic shifts or cataclysmic cultural repercussions (Gutenberg, Galileo, Oppenheimer). We will extend the discussion to identify key disruptive moments in business (in automobile manufacturing, regulation of safety standards, and technology), and relevant global issues by looking at the accelerated pace of technological change in Asia--using India as an informant--and its effect on culture. Finally, we will consider two celebrated urban examples--fin-de-siècle Vienna and post-World War II New York--where many lines of innovation converged, fundamentally changing the culture and society of the metropolis. As they did in the Junior year KHC HC 401 (The Process of Discovery), students will work together in small groups to identify and discuss the ongoing relationship between innovation and culture. They will present their findings through classroom discussion and written work.

FALL 2013 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A1 Henchman KHC 114 W 11:00 am-2:00 pm Khc Seniors
Only.

FALL 2013 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A2 Coelho KHC 114 T 9:00 am-12:00 pm Khc Seniors
Only.
Class Full

FALL 2013 Schedule

Section Instructor Location Schedule Notes
A3 Campbell KHC 114 R 1:00 pm-4:00 pm Khc Seniors
Only.

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