University of Technology Sydney

52718 The Social Life of Technology

6cp
Requisite(s): 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10359 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, and Category Type = Bachelor's Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10361-C10364, and Category Type = Bachelor's Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10365-C10368, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10369 Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10370 Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) Bachelor of International Studies OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10371 Bachelor of Communication (Digital and Social Media) OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10372-C10377 OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10434-C10439, and Category Type = Bachelor's Combined Degree OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10451 Bachelor of Communication (Media Business) OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10452 Bachelor of Communication (Media Business) Bachelor of International Studies OR 32 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10454 Bachelor of Communication (Media Business) Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.

Description

In this subject, students explore the relationship between technology and social change through a series of case studies on topics including media, transport and domestic technologies. Students reflect on the ways that technologies have shaped life in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries and how new technologies in the form of AI and automation are predicted to change our ways of life in the future. Covering a range of technologies – from communication platforms and health aids, to devices using artificial intelligence – students explore social resistance to technologies and theories for understanding why some technologies are adopted (or not adopted) because of social rather than technological reasons. Students develop a clear understanding of the social and ethical implications of technology.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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