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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Jul 17, 2024
2022-2023 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Minimum Credits: 3
Maximum Credits: 3
This course introduces students to the basic history of the motor car by investigating corporate structure and strategy, design, engineering, production, quality control, distribution, marketing, exports/imports and consumer demand. The course will also examine socio-economic spin-off issues, such as motor safety, pollution, highway/road construction and placement, automobile repair/maintenance, government regulation and the so-called ‘car culture’, such as suburbia, ‘drive-in’ services, shopping malls, motels and the like. The car and its manufacturers were also prominent subjects in political economy. The course will study how mechanization influenced warfare in the 20th century and how politicians have embraced the car. The course will concentrate upon the consumer durable good that frequently acted as the ‘engine of the economy’ and its profound socio-economic and political effects around the world.
Academic Career: Undergraduate
Course Component: Lecture
Grade Component: Letter Grade

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