KULT3304 - STS: Technology, Innovation and Social Change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 ALLE

Course content

This course offers an extended training in the study of science and technology, with an emphasis on historical and social scientific conceptions of technology. Questions such as democracy and governance in relation to technology is explored through topics such as technological determinism, critique of technological progress and technological optimism. Likewise STS-theories of technology and society, and perspectives on innovation and user perspectives are studied. The course also focuses on the emergence of, and transitions in, large systems such as for instance electrification, transport and internet.

Learning outcome

Students will have knowledge of:

  • historical and sociological STS-perspectives on technology, technological development and practice.
  • basic knowledge of technological innovation: the theory and practice of technology-design, implementation and use
  • different approaches to democracy and governance challenges related to technology and technology assessment
  • how STS-perspectives can be used in specific analyzes of the development and use of technology

The candidate has skills in:

  • selecting analytical perspective to analyze specific social phenomenon.
  • dealing with a limited empirical material in the context of theoretical perspectives
  • to disseminate knowledge through writing argumentative and reflective texts
  • to impart knowledge orally by electronic means

Learning methods and activities

Assessment is a home exam. As a prerequisite for taking the exam, the student must have submitted two written assignments á 3-4 pages. It is mandatory attendance in class (i.e. 25% allowed absence). Students who do not fulfill the attendance requirement, can apply for a compensatory written assignment. This assignment must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • Minimum 75% attendance
  • 2 written exercises (3-4 pages)

Further on evaluation

Home exam. The essay should be between 10-12 pages and the assignment is given at the end of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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

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