SOC 350 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Technology and Changing Society
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 350
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives The goal of this course is to develop sociological perspective about the relationship between technology and society .
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to explain the relationship between technology and science.
  • will be able to discuss the the evolution of technology in the light of history.
  • will be able to evaluate the effects of technology and society on each other.
  • will be able to analyze the diffusion process of a technology.
  • will be able to explain the social and individual facors affecting the diffusion of innovations.
Course Content This course covers evolution of technology, technologysociety relationship and diffusion of innovation.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Diversity, Necessity, and Evolution Basalla, G. ( 1988). The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 1.
2 Novelty (1): Psyhological and Intellectual Factors Basalla, G. ( 1988). The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 3
3 Novelty (2): Socioeconomic and Intellectual Factors Basalla, G. ( 1988). The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 4
4 Selection (2): Social and Cultural Factors Basalla, G. ( 1988). The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 6.
5 Science and Technology Big Science and Large Technological Systems Schroeder R. ( 2007) Rethinking Science, Technology, and Social Change. Chapter 2&4.
6 The Social Organization of Scientific and Technological Advance Schroeder R. ( 2007) Rethinking Science, Technology, and Social Change. Chapter 3.
7 The Mediation of Politics as a Large Technological System Schroeder R. ( 2007) Rethinking Science, Technology, and Social Change. Chapter 5.
8 Review /Midterm
9 The Consumption of Technology in Everyday Life Schroeder R. ( 2007) Rethinking Science, Technology, and Social Change. Chapter 6.
10 Elements of Diffusion Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 1.
11 The Innovation Decision Process Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 5.
12 Attributes of Innovations and Their Rate of Adoption Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 6.
13 Innovativeness and Adopter Categories Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 7.
14 Diffusion of Networks Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 8.
15 The Change Agent Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Chapter 9.
16 Final

 

Course Textbooks Course notes will be presented on a elearning environment ( SMC or Moddle SMC) and the interaction between teacher and students will be provided via this environment besides face to face lecture hours.
References Basalla, G. ( 1988). The Evolution of Technology. Cambridge University Press. Rogers, E.M. (1995) Diffusion of Innovations. The Free Press. Schroeder R. ( 2007) Rethinking Science, Technology, and Social Change.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
14
5
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
15
Presentation / Jury
1
10
Project
1
15
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
20
Final / Oral Exam
1
35
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
65
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
16
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
4
Presentation / Jury
1
14
Project
1
25
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
1
15
Final / Oral Exam
1
15
    Total
145

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data. X
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology X
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance X
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives. X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest