Technology and Society

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

Lecturer: Dr Ross Abbinnett

In the first semester students will develop a critical knowledge of contemporary theories of the relationship between technology and the evolution of human society. In the second semester these theories will be applied to contemporary questions regarding the relationship between 'the human' and 'the technological' including topics such as the ethics of new genetic technologies; technology and the environment; and new bio-medical technologies.

Learning Outcomes 

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Understand and critically evaluate the concept of technology and its relationship to the development of human society
  • Conceptualize the ethical and political questions generated by new genetic, mediatic, and cybernatic technolgies and analyse them in depth
  • To critically apply knowledge about the humanity-technology relationship to a range of substantive topics


  • Term One/Two: 1 x Presentation (10%)
  • Term Two: 1 x 3,000 word essay (40%)
  • Term Three: 3 Hour Examination (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.