KULT3304 - STS: Technology, Innovation and Social Change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
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. Topics such as technological determinism, critique of technologically progress and optimism are addressed. Likewise innovation theory and different perspectives on innovative business and especially user perspectives are studied. The course focuses empirically on the emergence of large systems such as electrification, mass motoring 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. Essay should be between 10-12 pages and the assignment is given at the end of the semester. It is mandatory attendance in class (ie 25% allowed absences). Students who do not fullfill 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)

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

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

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 form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE

Release 2020-11-20

Submission 2020-11-30

Release 09:00

Submission 14:00

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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