- Code SOCY1006
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Prof Adrian Mackenzie
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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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.
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:
- construct an informed account of the relationship between technology and society;
- evaluate a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to explaining the complex role of technology in social life;
- conduct preliminary research on socio-technical relations;
- analyse the political dimensions of technologies and networks; and
- discuss their learning in relation to the central ideas, themes and debates covered in the course.
Indicative AssessmentLearning 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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Workload130 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.
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