School Of Humanities And Communication Arts

TechnoculturesWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 100889.2


Student Contribution Band: 1

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
63121 - Technology, Culture and Society, 63273 - Science as Culture, 100295 -Women, Technology and Information, 100493 - Imagined Futures

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Successful completion of 60 credit points at Level 1.

About this Unit
This unit examines the social contexts and cultural meanings of technology and science in contemporary society, particularly in relation to questions of power. It begins with an overview of key analytical issues - does technology shape society or does society shape technology? What is the nature of the human-technology relation? How objective is science? It considers current debates around information technologies and the idea of the information society, and the representations of science and technology in popular culture, debates around biotechnology, etc. It develops a critical awareness of the relations between the state, the military, the market and social life in relation to issues around surveillance, work, and military technology.


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