Technology and Society


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.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


Types of instruction are listed at the start of §17; Structure and contents of the programme.

The types of instruction for this course are decided according to theT 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.



Name of examTechnology and Society
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

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


Education ownerBachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering (IT, Communication and New Media)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design