This course is discontinued

INF9010 – Social Aspects of Technology and Science

Course content

The purpose of the course is to explore the interactions between science, technology, and society. Technology both influences and is influenced by society. This is especially important as information and communication technology becomes more widespread. We will discuss some history of science: Kuhn’s theory of scientific revolution and its repercussions to computer science, the myths of progress and technological determinism. We will explore some sociology of science and technology: Latour and Callon’s actor network theory and Bowker and Star’s interpretation of actor-network theory through infrastructural inversion, classification and standards. We will also address some aspects of technology and medical science such as cloning and genetic engineering, and we will look at political and economic influences on technology. Special interests of students or current topical issues may also be included in the course.

Learning outcome

The ability to reflect critically on issues related to science and technology.

In addition, each PhD student will be given an extended curriculum within the field/research area of the course. The syllabus must be approved by the lecturer so that the student can be admitted to the final exam.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Overlapping courses


2 hours lectures per week.

This course contains mandatory assignments which must be completed and approved.

Rules for mandatory assignments:

Submission requirement for mandatory assignments:


80% of the mandatory assignments must be approved prior to the exam.

Evaluation is based on a written essay or other related assignment (ca 50 %) and oral presentation (ca 50%).

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Course auditor: Yngve Lindsjørn

Resit an examination

This subject does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see /studier/admin/eksamen/sykdom-utsatt/mn/index.html and


Note that the first lecture is compulsory.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

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