Level of Study
Master and PhD
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
This course is based on DIKULT251 « Critical Perspectives on Technology and Society with Bachelor Thesis ». The course will provide knowledge of a topic related to the relationships between information technology, society and culture, as well as education. 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, didactical/pedagogical, 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, education 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 independently and is good preparation for the research effort required at the master¿s level.
Required Previous Knowledge
None, but as the course is in English, students should have an appropriate academic English level.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Full overlap with course numbered DIKULT251 .
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled in the NORPART master & PhD program (collaborations between UiB and Yaoundé 1, Cameroon).
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching is seminar-based and usually lasts 12 weeks (about 3 hours per week).
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.
All students will present texts from the curriculum and lead a discussion about these texts in seminars. In addition, each student will present his/her own essay during the semester and give feedback to fellow students about their essays.
In the case that fewer than five students register for the course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
In order to take the exam it is required that the student has participated in at least 75% of the teaching and classroom activities, assuming that other mandatory classes do not collide with this course. In case of absence superior to 25%, student are required to provide either a medical certificate, or an attendance certificate from the courses colliding with this course. Course participation is approved by the course leader.
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.
Approval of mandatory work requirements is valid during the teaching semester and two subsequent semesters.
Forms of Assessment
Students will write an essay of 4 - 5000 words in conjunction with the topic taken up in teaching, with an individually formulated research question. The essay will preferably be in French. Individual supervision will also be given in connection with the writing of term paper.
In case of exam in the following semester, the student who has fulfilled the requirement for supervision in the teaching semester, students will hand in a revised semester essay without further supervision.
Examination Support Material
For grading the scale A - F is used, where F is a fail.
Fall & spring. There is also an exam early in the spring semester and/ or fall semester for students with valid and approved obligatory assignments.
The course responsible proposes a common list for the subject with articles, books and possibly videos and other non-written material. The student chooses him/herself additional sources for the essay. The sources can be in English or in Norwegian, or in another language in agreement with the course responsible.
The source literature should correspond to approx. 1000 pages of text, and the main part must be made of academic texts. One can also benefit from other sources if relevant to the project.
List of compulsory and recommended materials, if known in advance, will be available at My UiB before the start of the semester and will be regularly updated if needed. The books will be available at Akademika before the start of the semester, or downloadable as ebooks.
The reading list will be ready by 1 June for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.
Teaching is evaluated in accordance with the quality control system at the University of Bergen.
The Programme Board is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study programme, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
Programstyret for fransk.
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.
Type of assessment: Term paper
- Submission deadline
- 11.05.2020, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam