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LIBS 7005

Technology, Invention and Power

School School of Computing and Academic Studies
Program Liberal Studies
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date December 17, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 15
Hours/Weeks 3
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites 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.
CRN 36459

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Stephen Ogden
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location N/A
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

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.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

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.

Learning Resources

  • Homer.The Odyssey, trans. R. Fitzgerald (Douglas & Macintyre, 1998)
  • Sophocles. Antigone (online editions available)
  • More, Thomas. Utopia, trans. P. Turner (Penguin, 2002)
  • Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (Penguin, 1992)
  • Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, trans. S. Appelbaum (Dover, 1996)
  • Dick, Philip K. Blade Runner: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Del Rey 1987)
  • Further short aarticles, images, and videos will be posted on the course site.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments
Weekly Individual Discussion Posts25One formal paragraph each week in proper structure and correct grammar
Term Essay25Major Essay synthesising Course ideas and material under your own thesis.
Final Examination30Closed book comprehension of required texts.
Participation20Quality & frequency of weekly Responsive Discussion Posts and sincere engagement with Course.

Attendance Requirements

Full completion of weekly Module readings & activities

Constructive participation in four online Discussion modules

Medical exemption form for assignment lateness penalties (per Department policy);

Course Specific Requirements

  1. BCIT Student Technology Requirements: level Basic (
    • Course requires fuly functioning web-camera with microphone: video sessions (e.g. Final Examination) requires web-camera unmuted.
  2. Week One 'Orientation' Activities
  3. The Course has fifteen weekly Modules: these must each be completed successively within the week that they are scheduled. Each week's work can be scheduled within the week at the student's own preference.
  4. Functional familairity with BCIT LearningHub and BCIT Library web portal and research tools.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Please refer to the Course Calendar in LearningHub week to stay on schedule. And changes in the schedule will also be posted as a New Item on the course homepage.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Computing and Academic Studies

Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Stephen Ogden, Instructor
September 01, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Michael Bourke, Faculty
September 02, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Patricia Sackville, Associate Dean
September 02, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.