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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.





Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of LIBS 7007 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 74023


Wed Jan 04 - Fri Apr 14 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 74023
  • $667.34
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 14 N/A N/A Online

Stephen Ogden

Course outline




Important information
  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. *(A)* 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 will have discussions and assignments to complete each week (although you do NOT have to be online at a particular time or day). *(B)* FINAL EXAMS: Your instructor will provide further information regarding format and date of all exams.

In Progress

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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

Technology and Society (LIBS 7007) is offered as a part of the following programs:

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School of Energy

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  2. Mechanical Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time


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