KULT2204 - STS: Signs and Objects


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Hjemmeeksamen 100/100

Course content

This course focuses on how artifacts/technology and society is developed in co-dependency and thus how they change. A series of concrete examples from the 20th century is used to emphasize this. In this vein the course covers the relationship between innovation and design, consumption, the relationship between art, architecture and technological change and the interaction between science, technology and environment.

The course is an elective for undergraduates specializing in Media Studies in the Art, Media , and Communication Studies Program, and for students taking the IKKE-TEK course in Technology Studies.

Learning outcome

Students of this course have knowledge of:
• Central paths of development of the Norwegian and international scientific history.
• Important developments and discussions related to Norwegian and international environmental policy.
• Processes of innovation with focus on users, consumption and large technological systems.
• The development of modern consumerism and the relationship between product development, design and use of artifacts and technologies.

Students of this course are skilled at:
• Analyzing controversies related to science and technology.
• Analyzing how technology and science enters into processes of cultural change.
• Analyzing ethical problems regarding science, technology, nature, environment and culture.
• Å forstå og skrive analytiske tekster.

Studenter med dette fagemnet har ferdigheter i:
• Å analysere kontroverser knyttet til vitenskap og teknologi
• Å analysere hvordan teknologi og vitenskap inngår kulturelle endringsprosesser
• Å analysere etiske problemstillinger knyttet til vitenskap, teknologi, natur, miljø og kultur
• Writing and understanding analytical, well reasoned academic texts.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, video and group work. Two written exercises (3-4 pages) must be passed. Home-exam 7-10 pages.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written exercises (3-4 pages)

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.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT2203 7.5 01.08.2006
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2014

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 10

Language of instruction: Norwegian


Subject area(s)
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture



Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Hjemme-eksamen 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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