Art, Culture, and Technology – ARTS 214

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites: None


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes: Civic and Global Engagement

Civic and Global Engagement: the ability to engage local, national, and global structures as an informed follower of Christ.

  1. CGE 1: Identify the main features of a worldview, assessing the cultural, political, economic, and technological implications.
  2. CGE 2: Relate worldview to government, culture, and technology in various aspects of life.
  3. CGE 3: Apply Christian principles and general practices for effectively understanding different social and cultural backgrounds.
  4. CGE 5: Relate the human experience within various civic, global, and cultural structures to participation in the redemptive work of God.

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