IT-Universitetet i København
  Tilbage Kursusoversigt
Kursusnavn (dansk):Samfund og teknologi 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Society and Technology 
Semester:Efterår 2010 
Udbydes under:Bachelor i global virksomhedsinformatik (bgbi) 
Omfang i ECTS:15,00 
Min. antal deltagere:60 
Forventet antal deltagere:60 
Maks. antal deltagere:60 
Formelle forudsætninger:There are no formal prerequisites for this course. 
Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:
• Identify and compare various perspectives on technology.
• Identify reliable sources of data in social studies of technology.
• Analyze and interpret the development and use of information technology from different perspectives.
• Discuss society and technology in a global perspective.
• Sketch a research question within the area of social studies of technology.
• Make use of appropriate concepts and methods in a research design relating to social studies of technology.
• Create and present a well-document and analytically grounded written report based on research design and question. 
Fagligt indhold:The overall aim of the course is to enable students to understand and analyze relations between society and technology. Society and technology are often considered as separate entities. Some scholars have viewed technologies as neutral instruments enabling people to act more efficiently. Others have criticized technologies for dehumanizing or alienating humans from each other or from nature. Increasingly, however, it is understood that technologies are neither neutral, nor good or bad, but are inseparable from organizational, social, political and economical contexts.

Social research points to the mutual shaping of technology and society, and the transformative relationship between social organization and technology. People design, build, and support technological systems. Technologies transform human identity, culture, politics, and imagination, as well as shape everyday work practices in global organizations. This course introduces a range of critical approaches to technology. The course will provide an analytical toolkit to understand, study and analyze the multiple ways in which information technologies participate in our social, organizational and cultural lives.

Engaging with a diverse set of global technologies and critical themes, the course explores the relationships between society and technology. Examples include: Mobile Technologies (how do they change our social relationships, and ways of communicating?), Global Economic Systems (How do information technologies tie the world together through integrated global networks, and what are the consequences?), and Social and Technical Innovation (how do innovative technologies change organizational worlds, and how does the organization of innovation change the future of technology?).

Through an analysis of these questions, the course offers a basic introduction to new perspectives on the relationship between technology, society and human practice. The course will include: an historical perspective to consider the past, present and future in our engagement with technology; critical perspectives from social studies of science and technology; and social and cultural approaches to the changing relations between humans and machines.

The course is organized around discussions of several themes:

Introduction to Society and Technology: Provides a general background, and basic social science analytical tools for understanding relations between society and technology in a global perspective.

Information infrastructures: Introduces a sociotechnical framework for analysing the relations between social and technological change. Focus is on central historical transformations including the industrial and information revolutions and their global reach. Analytical keywords might include: sociotechnical systems, human and nonhuman actors, hybrids of society and technology.

Standardization and Classification: Focuses on the role of standards and classifications in making technologies and organizations work at a local as well as global scale. Analytical keywords might include: Boundary-objects, obligatory passage points, centers of calculation, politics of standards and classifications.

Global Economic Systems: Provides tools for understanding global economic systems and their transformations by analyzing the roles of technological and organizational norms and standards. Analytical keywords might include: accountability, technology politics, organisational work practices, work and labour.

Social and Technical Innovation: Presents understandings of technical and social innovation and their interrelations. Analytical keywords might include: Contexts of innovation, How users matter, co-production of social and technical innovation, gender and innovation.

Mobile Technologies: Explores social and political implications of mobile technologies. Analytical keywords might include: sociotechnical production of identity, technology and time, technology and space, myths of the future, histories of future.

Green Technologies: Investigates the assumptions and ideas of society, technology and the environment by investigating recent efforts to develop green technologies. Analytical keywords might include: locatedness in global technology, situating knowledge, nature-culture inseparability.

Lectures that focus on reading and discussing issues central to topics of society and technology in a global perspective are combined with sessions run by teaching assistants, in which students are actively engaged in exercises relating to themes.

Preparations include finding, presenting and giving mutual feedback on empirical material. The first half of the course includes an individually prepared half-term synopsis and a group-based oral presentation of central concepts from the course. Students will also be assigned to give group based feedback on the presentations. These activities are mandatory requirements for taking the exam.

In the second half of the course, students plan and carry out a study of a relevant topic covered by the syllabus. This project work is conducted individually and involves making a research plan that includes sketching a research question, finding and analyzing relevant materials and writing a final report.

Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:X. experimental examination form (7-scale; external exam), 7-trins-skala, Ekstern censur

The final grade is given based on the written report, which must be 15 standard-pages per student. The report is written individually. Assessment is individual. Grading is based on external examination. Examination form C1.

The first half of the course includes an individually prepared half-term synopsis and a group-based oral presentation of central concepts from the course. Students will also be assigned to give group based feedback on the presentations. These activities are mandatory requirements for taking the exam.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Other materials from e.g. public press, internet etc., may be included. 
Afholdelse (tid og sted)
Kurset afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
Mandag 13.00-16.00 Øvelser ITU 3A18, 4A20
Torsdag 09.00-12.00 Forelæsning ITU Aud 4
Torsdag 13.00-16.00 Øvelser ITU Aud 4, 4A22

Eksamen afholdes på følgende tid og sted:
2010-12-08 Før kl. 15.00 Eksamensopgave 1 ITU Eksamenskontoret (2E)