FI5206 - Technology for a Good Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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

  • 80 % attendance in lectures
  • Oral presentation or essay assignment

Further on evaluation

About the essay:
The essay topic must be approved by the course instructors.
The essay should be approx. 12 pages 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.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

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


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100


Spring ORD Assignment 100/100


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.