1) The applied final project in this course will address course outcomes #2-5:
2) Identify the changing patterns of social interaction and groupings in multiple settings including family, home, work, and leisure.
3) Analyze the impact of the changing technological context on relationships and social lives to enhance learning, communication, decision-making, and privacy.
4) Compare the choices and decisions that different contemporary societies face concerning technological development, technological equity, economics, and the environment.
5) Investigate policy solutions to address individual and social pathologies associated with emerging trends.
In this course, it is not possible to examine all of the different ways in which technology has changed or been changed by contemporary society. Because of this, students will complete an applied final project on the topic of their choice culminating in an in-class presentation. This will allow us to hear about many different topics as well as allow you to learn more about a topic that is of special interest to you. Your goal is to inform the class about how your technology-related topic has changed society from a historical, cross-cultural, and political perspective.
The Applied Final Project is broken into four different parts that are staggered throughout the term and build upon each other to help you manage your time and develop a quality end product. The components and descriptions of the Applied Final Project are detailed below.
Pick a topic
Due date: end of Week 2 by 11:59PM EST in the Week Two discussion area
The first step in completing your project is, of course, to pick a topic! Your topic should examine some way in which technology has changed or been changed by society. You will do some research on your topic throughout the term and give a presentation in the last week of class.
Suggestions for possible topics for this assignment include:
- Digital divide – implications for the widening gap in technology access
- Genetically modified organisms/engineered food
- Impact of biotoxins on health and lifestyle
- Changing conceptions of romance due to technological advancement
- Changing family dynamics due to technological advancement
- Online social networks for older adults
- Identity theft
- Medical advancements and how they have changed society
- Vaccinations and society
- Antibiotics and society
- Changes in the nature of work
- Changes in manufacturing
- Transportation and its impact on society
- Adaptive technology for the aging and why it matters
- Adaptive technology for the disabled and why it matters
- Architectural advances and the impact on society
- Technology and politics
- Changing nature of disease since 1900
- Lifespan changes since 1900
- Longevity and life extension
- Technology and beauty
- Digital natives vs. digital immigrants
- Cumulative advantage and cumulative disadvantage
- Impact of gaming addiction in children or adults
- Restricting technology use in young children
- Tracking technology
- Technology and forensic investigation
- Technology and criminology
- Technology and education in the classroom
- Technology and higher education
- Influence of technology on learning ability
- Influence of technology on intelligence
- Influence of technology on obesity
- Changes in communication patterns due to technology
- Technology and gender roles
- Impact of reproductive technologies on society
- Technology and consumer behavior
- Technology and the concept of intellectual property
You may pick another topic if you like. All topics require approval from the instructor.
Notice that some of the categories are very broad, so narrowing your focus will help you to complete each component. For example, “Technology and Crime” could refer to the ways in which technology has been used to fight criminal activity, or it could be used to describe how criminals have used technology to carry out crimes and how this has forced society to change its behavior.
No more than two students may work on the same specific topic. This allows us to learn about a greater diversity of subjects.
By the end of Week 2, you must identify the topic you wish to investigate by posting to the online discussion area.