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LIBS 7005 - Technology, Invention and Power

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

From ancient Greek myth to modern science fiction, Western culture's depictions of the power of technology have shaped our contemporary views. By analysing selected works of literature, film, TV and Internet sites from different historical periods, students will explore continuities and changes in depictions of technology and its transformative powers.


BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.





Winter 2016

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2016 term.

CRN 49101

Mon Jan 04 - Fri Apr 15 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 15 Online


Stephen Ogden

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. ***This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams.*** Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You must have an email address and access to a computer capable of downloading basic documents. ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON DESIGNATED DATES AND TIMES. If you live outside the Lower Mainland area you will be required to have an approved proctor administer the exam.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish among specific historical periods in Western culture (e.g., ancient world, renaissance).
  • Compare and evaluate representative ideas about technology from different historical periods.
  • Define specific expressive genres (e.g., epic poetry, website, television program).
  • Discuss relationships among author, text, and audience.
  • Identify and discuss aspects of universality (transhistoricity).
  • Apply aspects of historical ideas about technology to contemporary contexts.
  • Articulate and defend a thesis about a specific topic, text or set of texts.
  • Use various media (website / video / text / oral presentation) to express a coherent argument.
  • Compose effective written documents analyzing a thesis, a primary text or set of texts.
  • Demonstrate, to an advanced level, skills in research, citation, and document organization.

Related Programs

LIBS 7005 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering
  2. Geomatics
    Full-time   Bachelor of Technology

School of Energy

  1. Mechanical Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering

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Winter 2016

Books for Winter 2016 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore

If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

Author Sophocles
Publisher Dover Publications
Copyright 1993
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-48627-804-9
Price $4.50

Blade Runner (Movie-Tie-In Edition)
Author Philip K. Dick
Publisher Del Rey
Copyright 1987
Binding Mass Market Paperback
ISBN 978-0-34535-047-3
Price $9.50

Penguin Classics Frankenstein
Author Mary Shelley
Publisher Penguin Classic
Copyright 2003
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-14143-947-1
Price $9.95

The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
Author Franz Kafka
Publisher Dover Publications
Copyright 1996
Binding Kindle Edition
ISBN 978-0-48629-030-0
Price $5.50

Author Homer
Publisher FSG Adult
Copyright 1998
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-37452-574-3
Price $13.50

Utopia (Penguin Classics)
Author Thomas More
Publisher Penguin Classics
Copyright 2012
Binding Kindle Edition
ISBN 978-0-14144-232-7
Price $11.50


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