[ 505TESOTESS19 ] SE Technology and Society

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
6 ECTS B2 - Bachelor's programme 2. year Social Science Ulrich Meyer 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Sociology 2019W
Objectives (*)The seminar addresses the interrelation between technology and society. It is based on the discussion of theoretical and empirical texts, which offer an insight into different aspects of the interplay between technology and society. The seminar addresses questions such as: How does technology shape and is shaped by society? What is the relationship between technology, knowledge, expertise, and democracy? How are future technologies designed and who is being included/excluded in its creation? Students will study the co-constitutive and recursive properties of technology and (modern) society. They will engage with key theoretical and methodological approaches and will have a chance to look at the world from these perspectives. The course will consist of a combination of reading-oriented discussion and other practical exercises
Subject (*)
  • The political dimension of technology
  • The (social) dynamic of digitalization
  • The role of organizations (like companies and associations)
  • The dynamics of technology development
  • The meaning and relevance of innovation in modern societies
  • The governance and path dependencies of new technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence)
Criteria for evaluation (*)
  • regular attendance
  • participation in the discussions of the seminar
  • preparation of reading cards
  • participation in a working group and presentation of the group’s results
  • seminar paper
Methods (*)
  • presentation and discussion of the seminar literature
  • project groups
Language English
Study material (*)The literature list will be available at the beginning of the Seminar.
Changing subject? No
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 30
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority