FI5206 - Technology for a Good Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

Technology permeates modern societies for better or worse. This course provides an introduction to contemporary debates on technology and ethics pursuing questions like: Why are technologists now expected to be more ethically sensitive? Can technology meet the grand challenges of our time? May technologists be held responsible for undesirable implications of technologies? Should lay-people's opinion matter in questions of technology development? What are the relationships between technology and values? By entering various cases and technology controversies we shall simultaneously discuss and evaluate implications of various answers given to these questions.

Learning outcome

The students will acquire an overview of contemporary ethical discussion on modern technology. Students should be able to understand, evaluate and participate in these current debates by relating these discussions to a particular field of technology.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, plenary discussions, group work. Supervision and essay writing during the second part of the semester. In order to sit the exam the students must complete an oral presentation and have 80 % attendance.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral presentation
  • 80 % attendance in lectures

Further on evaluation

About the essay: The essay topic must be approved by the course instructors. The essay should be approx. 12 pages (4800 words) long in 12 point Times New Roman, 1,5 line spacing. The essay should be based on reading of the student's own choice (100-150 pages), in addition to 200 pages of obligatory readings. The essay should be argumentative. The essay can be written in either Norwegian or English.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The required reading list will be available at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Philosophy
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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