Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR100 or WR120); CAS EC101, QST SM131
This course reviews the history of innovation in USA, focusing on 'golden era' of innovation from 1870--1940, as well as enabling innovations from 1776-1840 and subsequent innovations of 1940-present. For each innovation, we will explore nature of the technological advance, the historical circumstances giving rise to the innovation, and the economic, business, social, and ethical issues associated with the innovation, as well as modern-day analogs and implications of the innovation. Overall, this is designed to be a multi-disciplinary course that helps students understand the history of commercialized innovations and their impact on business and society. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Writing-Intensive Course.
[ 4 cr.]