Jamie Cardwell

FAE InstructorFADA / FHL Unitjamie.cardwell@bilkent.edu.tr
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Controversies in Technology

It is clear that modern technology is a major force shaping the society which we live and the way we experience the world. Since technology is value-neutral, whether it is good or bad depends upon how it is used. In this course, you will read and discuss some texts from sociology, psychology and philosophy about the impacts of today’s technologies in the society, and ethical considerations in the use and expansion of it. You will discuss whether technology controls us, or we control technology by considering various questions such as:

  • What is, and what ought to be the role of technology in the society?
  • What are the longterm effects of living in a technological world? Are these mostly positive or negative?
  • Will future technology improve humanity? What can be the consequences of merging humanity, science and technology?
  • What are the side effects of technology?
  • Should technology be restricted or unrestricted?

This course will help you to relate the texts you study to your own life experiences as well as to other people you want to know closer, and thus achieve personalization through exploration. This course will also give you a chance to participate in thought-provoking discussions, analyze academic writing, and facilitate class discussions. The course materials and assessed tasks will encourage you to develop your critical reading, listening, and thinking skills, and your ability to speak and write English in academic contexts.