Technological Advancements of the 20th Century

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom





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  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


This class will cover the history of the technological advancements of the 20th century and their impact on the modern world today. In parallel, we will study the history of this period and compare how the changes to everyday life created by technological changes during the 20th century impacted international affairs. Students will reflect on the impact of inventions, and question what “technological advancement” is, while learning about the history of the 20th century. Our main focus will be on the changes brought to the modern world by electricity, photography, film, television, telephones, cars, airplanes, subways, nuclear power, space travel, satellites, computers and the Internet.

Acquis d'apprentissage

During this class, students can expect to add to their knowledge of world history, the history of technological development, and scientific development during the 20th century. They will learn how to formulate their own opinions on the modern way of life, the technological advancements of the 20th century, and their impact around the world.


Students will learn scientific vocabulary pertaining to technology, while also building a vocabulary to talk about historical movements of the 20th century. They will learn about technological and historical changes in the world during the 20th century and the development of “modernity.” They will be able to tell the history of the 20th century through technological inventions and make connections to the way that these innovations have impacted the way that people live throughout the world, both positively and negatively. Students will also be expected to use historical examples from the 20th century to demonstrate the impacts of technological advancements, and question what technological advancement or “progress” is. Additionally, students will be able to define “modernity” in their own words and to develop their own ideas regarding the relationship between technological advancements of the 20th century and the modern way of living on a global scale by the end of the course.

Attentes du cours

Students are expected to be open to new ideas and to be capable of assimilating them as part of an ongoing process to improve their writing and presenting skills in English. There will be a minimum of two (2) written activities and two (2) oral reports. The level of interaction is similar to that encountered in professional life.


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

CF (both questions, common to all):
1. A summary based on three documents (1 video, 1 text, 1 graph) related to the same subject (up to 400 words) 1hr;
2. A discursive essay based on a topic evoked in the in the above documents (up to 400 words) 1hr.

General marking scheme (out of 20)
0 Work not done, incomplete or of insufficient standard.
1-5 Work completed, but of minimum quality, poor structure; irrelevant, unrelated illogical content; unstructured, very poor language makes comprehension difficult
6-10 Fair but many important mistakes, gaps, unclear structure, confusing, language
11-14 Good but some important mistakes or gaps.
15-20 Work done to a high standard with few or no mistakes.

Typical CC Assignments
1. a summary (to be set by the class teacher);
2. a discursive essay (to be set by the class teacher);
3. a 15-minute oral presentation with visuals based a topic related to the theme of the class;

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

1. Electricity
2. Photography, Film and Television 3. Telephones
4. Cars
5. Airplanes 6. Subways
7. Nuclear Power
8. Space Travel and Satellites 9. Computers and the Internet

Fiche mise à jour le 11/09/2020