SOC08015 2017 Technology, Culture and Society

General Details

Full Title
Technology, Culture and Society
Transcript Title
Technology, Culture and Socie
70 %
Subject Area
SOC - Sociology
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Breda McTaggart, Susan McDonnell
Programme Membership
SG_HJOIN_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Majors: Sociology and Politics

This module considers the significance of the ever-changing relationship between technology and human society and culture. While there is a very long historical relationship between technology and culture, there has been a particularly rapid period of development of new media and digital technologies in the last few decades. Both the level of impact of new technologies on society and culture, and the degree to which these changes are positive or negative are much-debated issues. The module will focus on uses of technology in everyday life, including interactions between media and identities. The role of information networks in power and politics will also be discussed. Further, it will engage with notions of the cyborg or posthuman, in terms of combinations of technology with the human body, producing hybrid linkages, and potentially challenging traditional binaries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;

  • Discuss major perspectives on interactions between technology and culture

Assess the role of new media in the performance and production of subjectivities


Demonstrate understanding of the importance of information networks in relation to power and politics


Critically analyse the use of technologies in everyday lives


Evaluate the significance of ideas of the 'posthuman'

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures, classroom discussion, problem-based learning

Module Assessment Strategies

100% Continuous assessment

There are two assessment components to this module.

  • 30% Weekly contribution to thematic discussion on Moodle
  • 70% Visual or multi-media piece exploring one key theme, supported by critical piece of writing, to be presented during tutorial


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Project will be based on failed component(s).

Indicative Syllabus

The indicate syllabus will allow the student to interrogate key learning within module, students will spend time

Discussing major perspectives on interactions between technology and culture, how it exists, occurs.

Assessing the role of new media in the performance and production of subjectivities

Demonstrating an understanding of the importance of information networks in relation to power and politics

Evaluating the significance of ideas of the ‘posthuman’

Critically analysing the use of msot commonet technologies in everyday lives 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Moodle discussion Project Written Report 30 % OnGoing 1,5
2 Visual/writing Project Project 70 % Week 10 2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Braidotti, R. (2014) The Posthuman. Polity Press

Castells, M. (1996, 1997, 1998) The Information Age: Economy, Society and Culture. Oxford, Blackwell

Fuchs, C. (2014) Social Media: A critical introduction. London, Sage

Giddings, S. (2014) Gameworlds. NY NY, Bloomsbury Academic

Hall, S., Evans, J. and Nixon, S. (eds.) (2013) Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. London, Sage Publications

Haraway, D. (1991) A Cyborg Manifesto. Routledge

Howson, A. (2013) The Body in Society (2nd edition) Polity Press

Longhurst, B., Smith, G., Bagnall, G., Crawford, G. and Ogborn, M. (eds.) (2017) Introducing Cultural Studies (3rd edition). Abingdon, Oxon and New York, Routledge

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