CT6002: IT in Society

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CT6002: IT in Society

Module Title IT in Society
Module Code CT6002
Module Tutor Julie Paterson
School Business School
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module introduces students to the sociology of technology as a theoretical framework for examining the social aspects of information and communication technologies. The aim is to broaden students' critical perspective and to provide students with a balanced view of current and future developments within ICTs on society, the module also focuses on the implications associated with developing, implementing and using information and communications technology and information systems within society.

Indicative Syllabus

This module introduces students to the sociology of technology as a theoretical framework for examining the social aspects of information and communication technologies. The aim is to broaden students' critical perspective on the social, political and economic aspects of ICTs in various contexts, e.g. commerce, industry, education, medicine, defense, engineering, law, finance and government agencies. To provide students with a balanced view the module also focuses on the implications associated with developing, implementing and using information and communications technology and information systems within society. The concepts discussed will complement work undertaken in other modules giving students a firm grounding upon which to base future studies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

  1. Synthesise significant issues relating to the application of ICTs in various social contexts
  2. Critically evaluate the social consequences of the widespread diffusion of ICTs on individuals and society as a whole
  3. Assess and consolidate the key principles that shape technological change
  4. Critically analyse the link between ICT development and societal change
  5. Apply competing philosophical perspectives to the information society
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 2000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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