Technology and Society
Course code
IFI6219.DT
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Tehnoloogia ja ühiskond
Course title in English
Technology and Society
ECTS credits
6.0
approximate amount of contact lessons
28
Teaching semester
spring
Assessment form
assessment
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
õppejõud on määramata
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Give an overview of the theoretical basis and the philosophical schools of technology.
Help to interpret digital technology and its role in culture and society.
Enhance knowledge and practical skills necessary for analysing the social, historical and cultural development of technology in society.
Provide pre-requisites for understanding the development trends of digital technology, the opportunities developed by it, and challenges created by society.
Brief description of the course
The philosophical schools of technology (instrumentalism, social and technological determinism, socio-historical approach etc.) and interpretation of digital technology through different theories of technology.
The socio-cultural development of technology, including the development and change of different practices and socio-technical regimes.
The role of digital technology and digitisation and its influence on various societal and cultural processes.
Technology addiction and identity in the digital society. The developmental trends of digital technology, opportunities and challenges, myths and cognitive dynamics.
Perspectives and issues related to artificial intellect, the theories of post- and trans-humanism.
Independent work
Compilation of a learning plan, reading assigned literature and discussing it in writing. As team work: the analysis of a socio-technological development of a chosen culture.
Learning outcomes in the course
Has an overview of different theories and philosophical schools of technology, is able to interpret digital technology as a phenomenon in society.
Understands the role of digital technology and its influence on culture and society.
Is able to analyse socio-technological developments of a chosen culture based on a given model.
Knows the developmental trends of digital technology, the opportunities and challenges related to them.
Recognises the issues and opportunities related to artificial intellect.
Assessment methods
Compiling the learning plan and presenting/defending it: 25%
Reading assigned literature and discussing it: 25%
Seminar participation: 25%
Group work: 25%
Teacher
Terje Väljataga
Study literature
Hofkirchner, W. (2010). A Taxonomy of Theories about ICTs and Society. tripleC 8(2): 171-176, ISSN 1726-670X
Tripathi, A. K. (2006). Reflections on the Philosophy of Technology Culture of Technological Reflection. Ubiquity, Vol. 7, Issue 29.
Vermaas, P., Kroes, P., van de Poel, I., Franssen, M. & Houkes, W. (2011). A Philosophy of Technology From Technical Artefacts to Sociotechnical Systems. Synthesis Lectures on Engineers, Technology, and Society. Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
Geels, F. W. & Schot, J. (2007). Typology of Sociotechnical Transition Pathways. Research Policy 36, 399–417.