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CTE055 - Technology and society
Owner: TIEKA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: A
Department: 0827 - Technology and society

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0198 Project 5,0 c Grading: TH   2,5 c 2,5 c    

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The aim of this course is to gain a multi-facetted understanding of some key problems concerning the role of technology in today s world. To do this, we will study material from various disciplines which sheds light on the complex relationship between technology and society in different ways.


This course will cover a range of topics with a view to exploring the social implications of technology. We will draw on a number of disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, media studies, as well as literature and film in order to examine these social implications from diverse perspectives. All these different angles will focus, however, on the core question of the course: whether technology determines our lives, or the reverse - if society shapes technology?
This question will be addressed in relation to spe-cific issues and topics: the philosophical question of the nature of scientific truth and, closely tied to this, the relation between science and technology; the anthropology of societies which make a much less intensive use of technology and how this reflects on today s, supposedly technology-driven society; the changing nature of communication networks and how these networks can be regarded as part of longer-term process of technology-mediated social relationships; the ethical and political questions involved in depleting the world s environmental resources.
The course will consist of 10 two hours lectures and 5 two hour seminars.
The lectures will be in English, but coursework may be submitted in Swedish.
Coursework requirements will consist of two essa-ys, one to be based on a small research project. Project topics are chosen in cooperation with the seminar leader. The topics might include specific environmental problems, the changing views of human nature in the light of advances in genetics, or the social implications of particular new information and communication technologies.


To be decided later


Approved coursework. Grades: not passed, 3, 4, 5.

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