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LIBS 7007 - Technology and Society

Liberal Studies Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the Winter 2022 term as informed by BC Provincial Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

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.




$654.19 - $691.02 See individual course offerings below for actual costs.

Winter 2022

Below are two offerings of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 74023

Tue Jan 04 - Fri Apr 15 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 15 Online


Stephen Ogden

Course Outline




  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.

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

In Progress

CRN 49768

Thu Jan 06 - Thu Apr 14 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Apr 14 Thu 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW05 Rm. 2895


Marian Gracias

Course Outline




  1. On the start date of the course, you will have access to the course link in the Learning Hub. *(A)* FINAL EXAMS: Your instructor will provide further information regarding format and date of all exams.

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

In Progress

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 + Media

  1. Accounting
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Accounting
  2. 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 Science
  3. Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering

School of Energy

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


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