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Critical Perspectives on Technology and Society with Bachelor Thesis

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeDIKULT251
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

The course will provide knowledge of a topic related to the relationships between information technology, society and culture. The course conveys both a broad theoretical perspective and specialization in a specific area. Emphasis of the theme and choose a specialization area will vary from term to term, and may for instance feature historical, gender-critical, ethnographic, critical media studies, or philosophical approaches.

Students will develop their ability to reflect critically on ways that technology affects and is influenced by society and how new cultural dimensions are expressed. Students should learn and be able to use theoretical concepts and perspectives in a productive way.

Term assignment will provide training in applying an appropriate theoretical perspective to a specific research subject in an in-depth manner. Students will be given training in academic writing through writing assignments.

Learning Outcomes

After completed the course, students will have:

- knowledge of the central problems in the interaction between information technology, society and culture

- insight into the human dimensions of information and communication technology

- knowledge of central theories of technology from a social perspective

- knowledge of the use of theoretical perspectives in the study of technology and society

After taking the course the students should be able to:

- analyze the relationships between technology, culture and society

- independently select and apply relevant theories on issues related to technology and society

- present academic reasoning for choosing a particular theoretical perspective

- Provide a written, scholarly presentation of a subject

The course provides students with a foundation for conducting research and working indepently and is good preparation for the research effort required at the master¿s level.

Required Previous Knowledge

None.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

The builds upon knowledge and skills taught in DIKULT106 or equivalent basic knowledge of technology and society.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

 Full overlap with course previously numbered DIKULT206.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students with the right to study at UiB.

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching is seminar-based and it is expected that students will take active part in discussions in class discussions, and presentations in an online forum as part of the teaching program. Individual supervision will also be given in connection with the writing of term paper.

If less than five students are registered to a course, the department might reduce the teaching, please see the department¿s guidelines regarding this on "My page¿. Regarding a course where this is a possibility the students get information about this at the beginning of the semester, and before the deadline regarding semesterregistration 1.February/1.September.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students will write an essay (bachelor thesis) of 4-5000 words in conjunction with the topic taken up in teaching, with an individually formulated research question.

Advising is mandatory for all students, with a minimum of two tutorials. The first meeting will take place at the start of assignment writing. The last meeting will take place in connection with the submission of the final draft.

In order to take the exam it is required that the student has participated in at least 75 percent of the teaching and classroom activities. Course participation is approved by the course leader.

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation is based on the essay (bachelor thesis) of 4-5000 words and an oral examination. The candidate must receive passing grade on the written thesis to be called in to the oral examination. After the oral exam, the grade may be adjusted up or down by one letter grade.

Grading Scale

Grading scale A - F.

Reading List

The source literature for bachelor¿s thesis is chosen by the student on the basis of the individual topic in consultation with the instructor.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.
E-post: advice@lle.uib.no

Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Semester paper and adjusting oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    04.09.2017
    • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination

      Exam period
      25.09.2017–29.09.2017
    • Exam part: Semester paper

      Submission deadline
      18.09.2017, 13:00
      Examination system
      Inspera
      Digital exam