University of Technology Sydney

52718 The Social Life of Technology



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.

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Spring session, City campus

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