As I noted in yesterday’s post, I team-taught a course on America 3.0 at U.Cal.Irvine last Spring. We considered asking the students to read some additional material beyond the sections of the book we assigned. However, we decided that the book was enough and we did not want to overload under-graduates. The following is the proposed additional material we considered assigning, with links.
Week # 1. America 3.0: Introduction
Week # 2. America 3.0: America in 2040
IP in a World Without Scarcity by Mark A. Lemley.
The students should read Section I, part C — pages 10-24. This article covers three major sources of disruptive change: 3D Printing, Synthetic Biology and Bioprinting and Robotics. Of course, they may read the entire article if they wish. The question of the law and regulation of these new technologies is a huge area to be explored.
Week # 3. America 3.0: The American Family
See, table page 2, map on page 8, regarding the Absolute Nuclear Family.
Week # 4. America 3.0 Chapter 3: Our Germanic Inheritance
Augustus Freeman, Lectures to American Audiences, Ch. 1 “The English People in its Three Homes”.
Read pages 26-32. The point is to show the students the older scholarship on this issue, which has fallen out of favor, but which was in fact correct.
Week # 5. America 3.0 Chapter 4: Our English Inheritance
The students should read pages 1-3, 78-79 and 110-14.
Week # 6. America 3.0 Chapter 5: American 1.0
Read it all.
Read article IV.
Skim the document, especially the first nine paragraphs.
Week # 7. America 3.0 Chapter 7: America 2.0
Showing the 100th Meridian.
Week # 8. America 3.0 Chapter 7: The Great U-Turn.
Witold Rybczynski, How to Save Our Shrinking Cities .
Rebecca A. Rosen, Keepin’ It Cool: How the Air Conditioner Made Modern America.
Week # 9. America 3.0 Chapter 8: Domestic Policy
Week # 10. America 3.0 Chapter 9: Defense and Foreign Policy