Science, Technology and Social Change (SCLG2610)


This unit examines a range of sociological theories and debates concerning science and technology. Students will investigate the two-way relationship between science/technology and society (ie. the social shaping of science and technology, and the impact of science and technology on society). Issues to be examined include the social production of science and technology, the science-technology relationship, the politics and economics of science and technology, science and technology in medicine, in reproduction, in the workplace, and the role of science and technology in environmentalism and the environmental movement.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1xOral Presentation (20%), 1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exam (40%)

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Unit of study rules


(12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (6 Senior credit points from Digital Cultures) or (12 Junior credit points from GCST, SCLG, ANTH, ENGL1008, ENGL1026, PHIL1011 or PHIL1013)



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