Technology is often the product of people and their circumstances, yet its influence also far surpasses its immediate environment. This understanding of technology helps to explain the resulting changes
In keeping with the idea that some technologies may possess inherent value-laden qualities, consider how the invention of mechanized timekeeping devices (such as the mechanical clock)
have radically changed
For this assignment, explain the historical context and cultural traditions which led to the development of the mechanical clock. Do research on how the development and adoption of the mechanical clock in Europe later affected the United States. Be sure to give examples. Then, consider your own experience with a form of
In your write up, be sure to:
1. Describe the history of the mechanical clock, including at least one influence that led to its development (e.g., historical, cultural, religious, social, economic, political).
2. Explain how the mechanical clock gave rise to the concept of
3. Explain how precision in accurate timekeeping affected human behavior in both Europe and the United States. Give examples.
4. Think about how
Write an essay that addresses the questions above. When you respond to these questions, you should be specific and cite specific details from the readings, class lectures, and your own research. You may provide references
Higher credit will be given for responses that show evidence of a systematic and comprehensive understanding of the topics involved.
You are encouraged to review the rubric for this assignment and make sure that you answer each question in detail and with specifics.
Correct use of English is a fundamental requirement for your papers to be graded. If errors in English make it difficult for a grader to understand your sentences, or excessively slow down the grader to mark your technical errors, your paper will be returned to you for further work on its English, and your grade for the paper will be deferred until it is resubmitted with corrected English. If your assignment is returned for an excessive number of grammatical errors, you will be allowed to rewrite and resubmit it within two weeks of the original return date. If not resubmitted by the date set by your instructor, you will receive a zero (0) for the writing assignment.
Standard font, preferably Arial in either 11pt or 12pt.
MLA, APA, or any other format is acceptable provided that it is consistent through the entire paper. Please, no cover sheets.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThesis
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeHistory of the Mechanical Clock
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThe Clock, Europe, and the USA.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePersonal Reflection
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeEssay
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSLO 2: Influences on U.S. culture
threshold: 3.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0