Critical Perspectives on Technology and Society with Bachelor Thesis
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
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.
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
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 and learning methods
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 A - F.
The source literature for bachelor¿s thesis is chosen by the student on the basis of the individual topic in consultation with the instructor.
Evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the University of Bergen's quality assurance system.
Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies.