Technology and Society

2018/2019

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of this module is for the students to acquire a basic theoretical understanding and empirical knowledge regarding the social conditions for technology development and the broader societal implications of technology implementation and use specifically with respect to communication and media technologies.

Contents: 
This module concerns the relationships between technology and societal developments primarily from a macro perspective. It provides the students with a historic and contemporary overview of technology developments in the information and communication technology area. It, furthermore, provides the students with theoretical approaches to understanding such technology developments.

Learning objectives

Knowledge

  • Must have knowledge of theories concerning the drivers of technology development, technology innovation and technology paths
  • Must have knowledge of theories concerning the relationship between technology, economy and policy developments
  • Must have knowledge of theories concerning invention, innovation and diffusion
  • Must have knowledge of theories regarding technological paradigms
  • Must have knowledge of theories regarding the social construction of technologies and stakeholder analysis
  • Must have knowledge of the history of technology development specifically in the field of transport and communication technologies

Skills

  • Must have skills in identifying the relationships between technology, economic and policy developments regarding specific technology developments
  • Must have skills in performing a basic technology assessment analysis
  • Must have skills in performing a stakeholder analysis

Competences

  • Must demonstrate competences in identifying different theoretical approaches to the analysis of technology developments in a societal framework
  • Must have competences in choosing and combining relevant theoretical frameworks for the analysis of technology developments at a micro and macro level
  • Must have competences in differentiating between social conditions for technology developments and implications of technology development

Type of instruction

Refer to the overview of instruction types listed in the start of chapter 3. The types of instruction for this course are decided according to the current Joint Programme Regulations and directions are decided and given by The Study Board of Electronics and IT.

Notice: This elective course might not be offered if less than 10 students sign up.

Exam

Exams

Name of examTechnology and Society
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
ECTS5
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programmes Regulations
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Facts about the module

Danish titleTeknologi og samfund
Module codeESNITCOB6K2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterSpring
ECTS5
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design