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Sociology of Technology and Work (7087.4)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    Technological change is an ongoing part of today's workplaces. In a postmodern age it is no longer possible to understand workplaces as anything other than socio-technical worlds. This unit explores four models of technological change: technological determinism, social determinism, social construction of technology, and actor network theory. The unit is organised around the question of how we can recognise the complexities of the interactions between technological, organisational, work practices, and social change. The emphasis in this unit is on social, human and cultural factors as shapers of technology design and use, and as impacted by new technologies.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Describe and apply advanced models for analysing the inter-related processes of technological and work place change; and

    2. Use ethnographic research methods to analyse a process of technological design, development, or transfer and will have conducted a group project exploring the heterogeneity of socio-technical assemblages.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.


    Completion of 24 credit points in any course, or the permission of the unit convener.

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