IN9010 – 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:

  • present and discuss different theoretical perspectives on the relations between technology and society
  • analyse social and ethical challenges in technology design and use
  • discuss different perspectives on the social and ethical responsibility of the information technology developer/designer/innovator
  • to engage in critical and reflexive discussions of new and emerging information technologies


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


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

There are three mandatory assignments:

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


The exam consists of a take home exam (long 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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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: IN5010 – Design, Technology and SocietyINF5011 – Technology Society Ethics (continued)INF9011 – Science technology society ethics (continued)

Special examination arrangements

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