Information-Communication Technology and Society

Informacijsko-komunikacijske tehnologije in družba

Course credits:

9.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Gregor Petrič

    Lecturers:

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Sara Atanasova
  • Assoc. Dr. Vesna Dolničar

Type:

Required

Language:

Slovenian

Semester:

Second semester

Study degree

2. level

    Course execution:

  • Postgraduate Programme of Social Informatics

Short content

The baseline of this course is a finding that despite of the growing role of information and communication technologies in public and private life, the public discourse offers predominately simplified or even misleading understandings of mutual relationship between technologies and social processes. The first phase the course follows the inductive approach through which students gain descriptive knowledge about relevant global phenomena in the field of social aspects of information and communication technologies (The topics are depended on relevant topics, but are essentially related to the field of social movements, questions of Internet governance, mobile phones, Internet of things and related phenomena). Students on the basis of introspection and group discussion form starting research hypotheses related to the examined social phenomena. In the second phase students gain knowledge about fundamental paradigms of relationship between technology and society: technological determinism, utopianism and disutopianism, social constructionism, social shaping of technology, social informatics, actor-network theory. Students also learn about key theories of information society, their criticisms and various modes of measuring and monitoring social aspects of information and communication technologies. On the theoretical basis students critically evaluate and improve starting hypotheses about the chosen social phenomena, which are eventually presented in a form of seminar paper.

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Curriculum was last modified on: 17.06.2021