ARTS214: Art, Culture, and Technology

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

This course traces the development of technology starting with genius inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci up to the present, and shows how technology has changed cultures and the art that they produce. The student will learn to raise vital questions on how technology has influenced culture and come to well-reasoned conclusions as to why culture has changed as a result. Through Group Projects the student will learn to work effectively with others in unraveling the complex influences of particular technological advances on culture.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Technology did not start with the iPhone and certainly will not end there. Inventions such as the printing press, the steam engine, the camera, the computer, the Internet, fiber optics, and the smartphone have had an amazing impact on all cultures today, and the development of technology will continue to do so into the future. To understand how these have changed the face of civilization in the past is to better understand how technology could impact the future.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will then complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (7)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the discussions consist of discussing worldview topics in relation to art, technology, and culture. You must submit a thread of at least 250 words in response to the topics, and you must submit at least 2 replies to classmates’ threads. The replies must be at least 150 words each. The initial post should have at least one source listed in support of your position and the replies should have one source each. This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 4  and CGE 1, 2, 3, 5. This assignment aligns with the following CLOs: B, C, D.

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 1500-word research-based paper in current MLA format. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course required reading and the Bible (see Research Paper Assignment Instructions). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 4 and CGE 1, 2, 3, 5. This assignment aligns with the following CLOs: A, B, C, D.

The student will read the Research Paper Assignment Instructions and choose a topic in line with the requirements. It should be a technology (not a general field such as graphic design or other area which uses technology but is not a technology itself) that has had a great impact on both art and culture in general, and the student will show how it has impacted as well as why it has been accepted by the culture of that time, whether past or present. Please see the Research Paper Assignment Instructions. The submission for Quiz: Research Paper Topic only needs to be a sentence or two long to indicate choice.

This quiz will cover the Research Paper Topic. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 1 essay question, and will have no time limit.

This quiz aligns with the following FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 4 and CGE 1, 2, 3, 5. This quiz aligns with the following CLOs: B, C, D.

Quizzes (8)

The quizzes will cover the vocabulary and details from the lectures, text and reading; the exams will be in the form of true/false, multiple choice, and matching.

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. This quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and will have an 1-hour time limit.

This quizzes align with the following FSLOs: CT 1, 2, 3, 4 and CGE 1, 2, 3, 5. These quizzes align with the following CLOs: A, B, C, D.

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