IN5010 – Design, Technology and Society

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Course content

In this course we explore the relations between technology and society, with a focus on the social, political, and ethical dimensions of technology and how these, in turn, intersect with society. We explore in particular the linkages between design, technological change, and current societal challenges, such as automation, inequality, sustainability, privacy and surveillance, etc.

The basic assumption in this course is that we, as technology developers, designers, and innovators, contribute to making our future society. We will explore this role through working with practical examples, discussions, documentaries, and hands-on workshops.

Learning outcome

After this course you will be able to:

  • understand the relations between technology and society
  • discuss social and ethical challenges in technology design and use
  • present your perspective on the social and ethical responsibility of the information technology developer/designer/innovator
  • engage in critical and reflexive discussions of new and emerging information technologies


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


This is a five weeks intensive course. We will meet three days a week from 10:15 to 15:00 (16:00). The first meeting is mandatory for all students.

There are three mandatory assignments:

  • 80% participation
  • three short essays
  • presentation of project


The exam consists of a take home exam (essay). All mandatory assignments must be approved before you can take the exam.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who have a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of your three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: INF5011 – Technology Society Ethics (continued)IN9010 – Design, Technology and Society, INF9011 – Science technology society ethics (continued)

Special examination arrangements

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