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Technology & Society Research Paper Assignment

Abstract:

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Research has demonstrated that the use of nontraditional readings can provide undergraduate students with an accessible medium to explore sociological ideas and concepts (Castellanos, DeAngelis, & Clark-Ibanez, 2008). Specifically, science fiction novels involve both real and imagined life and require the reader to develop critical and analytical skills (Laz, 1996). For this paper assignment students read science fiction novels to explore the impact of technology on society and society on technology. After reading the novel, students write a research paper in which they compare technologies predicted in the novel to technologies that actually exist today, analyze how the predicted technologies reflect the social conditions of the time the book was written, and evaluate the impact of the existing technology on today’s society.

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Resource Type(s):
Assignment 
Author(s):
Kristin Holster, Dean College 
Date Published:
6/18/2015 
Subject Area:
Science and Technology 
Class Level:
Any 
Class Size:
Any 
Language:
English 


Usage Notes:

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This assignment requires students to draw examples of predicted technologies in science fiction novels, compare them to current technologies, and apply course concepts to analyze the development and impact of the technologies. Detailed usage instructions, concept suggestions, and sample rubrics are provided.

Learning Goals and Assessments:

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Goal 1:
To help students consider the reciprocal impact of technology on society and society on the development of technology.
Assessment 1:
In a research paper, students compare technologies predicted in science fiction novels to technologies that exist today, and analyze how the social conditions of the time the novels were written may have influenced the technologies predicted.
Goal 2:
To develop students’ ability to apply the concepts learned throughout the semester to specific examples from a science fiction novel.
Assessment 2:
In a research paper, students analyze the impact of technology on society using at least five of the sociological concepts learned in the course.
Goal 3:
To help students improve research skills by requiring them to locate and critically evaluate evidence from internet sources.
Assessment 3:
In a research paper, students must incorporate evidence from academically appropriate internet sources to support claims.

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