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Technology, Invention and Power LIBS 7005

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

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.





Course offerings

Fall 2022

Below is one offering of LIBS 7005 for the Fall 2022 term.

CRN 36459


Tue Sep 06 - Fri Dec 16 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 36459
  • $667.34
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Dec 16 N/A N/A Online

Michael Coughlin

Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.



Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. *(A)* 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 will have discussions and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or day). *(B)* FINAL EXAMS: Final exams will be held online. Your instructor will provide further information.

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.

Effective as of Fall 2003

Related Programs

Technology, Invention and Power (LIBS 7005) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

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    Bachelor of Accounting Full-time/Part-time
  2. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Bachelor of Business Administration Full-time/Part-time

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time
  2. Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time

School of Energy

  1. Electrical Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time
  2. Mechanical Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time


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