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Kursusnavn (dansk):Society and Technology 
Kursusnavn (engelsk):Society and Technology 
Semester:Efterår 2015 
Udbydes under:Bachelor i global virksomhedsinformatik (bgbi) 
Omfang i ECTS:15,00 
Kursussprog:Engelsk 
Kursushjemmeside:https://learnit.itu.dk 
Min. antal deltagere:60 
Forventet antal deltagere:60 
Maks. antal deltagere:80 
Formelle forudsætninger:There are no formal prerequisites for this course. 
Læringsmål:After the course the student should be able to:
•Identify and compare at least two perspectives on the development and use of technology from within the course literature.
•Sketch a research question within the area of social studies of technology
•Identify and make use of appropriate sources of data and empirical material for your analysis
•Select and make use of appropriate concepts and methods in a research design relating to social studies of technology
•Discuss society and technology in a global perspective
•Create and present a well documented and analytically grounded written report based on research design and question. 
Fagligt indhold:Please note, that due to technical challenges, changes may occur before the start of the semester (week 35) – this applies to all sections of the course description.

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: Social and Technical Quantification (how do standards and classifications order our worlds and what are the implications of quantification for understanding how technologies are formed?), Technology, Race and Gender (How do technologies reproduce assumptions about race and gender, and what are the consequences?), and questions of how these analytical sensitivities can be applied to contemporary issues such as Green Technologies.

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: A 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. Introduces Controversies as good sites of STS analysis.

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.

Technological Controversies: Builds on the introduction and exemplifies the notion of technological controversies and discusses the method and purpose of studying technological controversies. Focuses particularly on actor network theory, social construction of technology and public understanding of science.

Technology and Classification: Focuses on the social and organizational implications of standards and quantification in making technologies and organizations work at a local as well as global scale. Offers tools for analyzing the social and organizational implications of standards and quantification, including boundary-objects, obligatory passage points, centers of calculation, politics of standards and classifications.

Gender, Race and Technology: Focuses on analyses of the interrelationship between users and designers, people and technology. Introduces new awarenesses of gendered and race based design assumptions and categories. Introduces the trope of the cyborg.

Green Technology: Investigates the assumptions and ideas of society, technology and the environment. 
Læringsaktiviteter:

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. 

Obligatoriske aktivititer: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. 
Eksamensform og -beskrivelse:C: Skriftlige arbejder uden mundtlig eksamen., (7-scale, external exam)

Final Exam, individual essay of 5,000 words.  

Litteratur udover forskningsartikler:Other materials from e.g. public press, internet etc., may be included. 
 
Undervisere
Følgende personer underviser på kurset:
NavnStillingUndervisertypeIndsats (%)
Rachel Douglas-Jones Adjunkt(ITU) Kursusansvarlig 50
Ingmar Lippert Adjunkt(ITU) Underviser 50
Guillaume Nadon Hjælpelærer(ITU) Hjælpelærer 0
Regina Winther Hjælpelærer(ITU) Hjælpelærer 0
Marie Blønd Hjælpelærer(ITU) Hjælpelærer 0