• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Health, Medicine and the Body, Sociology, Digital Humanities
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Adrian Mackenzie
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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Technology is a dominant feature of everyday life that profoundly shapes the way we live.  This course investigates the social dimensions of technological change. It examines the way that technologies impact social life and relations and conversely,  the way social and cultural forces shape technological development. It introduces key sociological approaches to understanding technology and engages with debates about the risks and affordances of emerging technologies. It demonstrates how these approaches and concepts can be applied to contemporary examples.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. construct an informed account of the relationship between technology and society;
  2. evaluate a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to explaining the complex role of technology in social life; 
  3. conduct preliminary research on socio-technical relations;
  4. analyse the political dimensions of technologies and networks; and
  5. discuss their learning in relation to the central ideas, themes and debates covered in the course.

Indicative Assessment

Learning Journal  2,000 words  45% (LO 1,2,3)
Research report  3,000 words  45% (LO 2,3,4)
Tutorial participation 10% (LO 5)

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
 a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
 b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4001 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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