GE2311 - Technology and Society

Offering Academic Unit
Division of Building Science and Technology
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2021/22
Semester B 2022/23 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to provide the students an understanding of the technological development and its influence on human living. The technological glories and classical antiquities of the early empires: China, the Greeks, Rome Byzantine and Islamic empires; the survival of technology through the medieval; technological aspect of the renaissance; the advent of steam and mechanical engineering, sanitary and hydraulic engineering; new technology bloom in 20th century; The influence of technology on all levels of human behaviour ─ family structure/relationship between sexes, interpersonal relations, government structure, social structure, work environment, the distribution of wealth and power, and others. Technological developments in the 21st century that concern every one of us: pollution, work place health hazards, social impact of computers and information explosion, green revolution, technology as a solution for the developing countries. Types of assessment tasks/activities are mainly tutorial discussions and project report. 

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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