About Technological, Social, and Sustainable Systems - CEE 181

Understand the impact of technology on sustainability and society, using relevant historical examples and current issues in the news, and gain insight on the cultural frameworks within which ideas such as sustainability and different technologies are understood and evolve.

You’ll also explore emerging technologies from the Industrial Revolution through present day, leading to a future that will be complex and challenging, and in many ways look like science fiction.

What you will learn:

  • The importance of technology and technological systems in shaping the world and our future
  • What issues face technologies companies today and how you might prepare for a career with a tech organization
  • The social and environmental implications of design and management of technology systems
  • How to identify and explain critical principles of complexity and complex systems
  • How art and literature guide technological evolution
  • The economic, environmental, and cultural issues arising from emerging technologies

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Humanities, Arts and Design (HU) General Studies requirement for Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Upcoming start dates

Oct. 12, 2021$25 + 400
Mar. 15, 2022$25 + 400




8 weeks

Faculty and course staff

Dr. Brad Allenby

President’s Professor, Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

Professor of Law Director, Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management

Arizona State University

Samuel Markolf

Assistant Research Professor

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Arizona State University