Throughout history technology has served as catalysis for human development. From the first basic eating and hunting utensils to the steamship and the transatlantic cable to the advanced information and communications tools used today, technology has facilitated globalization amongst people, companies, and governments around the world. While seemingly ubiquitous, technology underscores most aspects of human existence.

This module provides an introduction to the complex relationships between technology and globalization during the past century, with a special emphasis on the contemporary world.  With common required readings as its foundation, this curriculum prompts students to consider how scholars think about technology.  Several of the module’s flexible units introduce students to influential innovations and prompt them to assess the causes and consequences—both positive and negative—of technologies related to global production and trade, war, and agriculture. Other units examine the dynamics behind technological innovation, geopolitical and environmental factors related to global demand for oil, and the environmental and public health consequences of energy and technology-intensive globalization.

  1.Examine the dynamics behind technological innovation and globalization
  2. Evaluate the geopolitical, social and environmental consequences of technology on society
  3. Compare and contrast the historical and present-day impact of technology on trade and communications