British Columbia Institute of


LIBS 7007 - Technology and Society

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

This course will explore the interrelationship between technology and society. The course will focus on how societal forces shape and are shaped by the meanings, development, spread, and uses of technology. Concepts, perspectives, and arguments from the social sciences and humanities will be studied and applied to analyze connections between society and technology.


BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.





Fall 2016

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2016 term.

CRN 34909

Tue Sep 06 - Fri Dec 16 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 06 - Dec 16 Online


Nargis Abraham

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. ***This is not a self-paced course. There will be specific timelines for assignments and exams.*** Course content, kind and quality of assignments and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. You must have an email address and access to a computer capable of downloading basic documents. ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON DESIGNATED DATES AND TIMES. If you live outside of the Lower Mainland area you will be required to have an approved proctor administer the exam.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss how the creation, development, meanings, uses, and consequences of technology are shaped by various societal forces including economic, political, cultural, and psychological forces.
  • Identify, explain, and apply concepts and frameworks on the study of technology and society from various humanities and social sciences disciplines.
  • Critically engage with some of the controversies, paradoxes, and ambiguities in the relationship between technology and society.
  • Identify how cultural or societal ways of thinking about gender, race, and social class influence the construction, meanings, and uses of technology in society.
  • Examine technological innovations and their consequences from societal perspectives.
  • Investigate user-technology relationships and representations.
  • Identify issues that arise when surveying technological inventions and discoveries in world history.
  • Articulate how technology functions within diverse knowledge bases, values, and systems in different societies.
  • Discuss worldviews, power relations, and contested constructions of science and technology within and between societies.
  • Examine arguments regarding the transfer and spread of technology within and across societies.
  • Pursue inter-disciplinary angles on technology and society in relation to students’ areas of study, work, and experience.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2012

Related Programs

LIBS 7007 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Civil Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering
  2. Geomatics
    Full-time   Bachelor of Technology

School of Energy

  1. Electrical Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering

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Fall 2016

Books for Fall 2016 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

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If you are taking this course through either Distance Education or Online Learning, please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Distance & Online Learning Bookstore.

Libs 7007 Course Reader (Jan 2015)
Author Libs : Abraham
Publisher Acc
Binding Paperback
Price $30.50


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