Welcome to Sociology 460: The Sociology of Information Technology. This three-credit, senior-level university course is designed to encourage critical thinking vis-à-vis information technology. This course is designed to increase your understanding of technology, information technology, and the impact technology has on your life and our world.


Course Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to

  • explain the significance of information technology and its impact on gender, social class, home, and work life from a critical sociological perspective;
  • evaluate the impact of technology and information technology on their home, social, and professional lives;
  • communicate their understanding of sociological issues surrounding information technology in a way that family members, colleagues, and employers can understand; and
  • apply what they learn in this course to understanding technology in order to help create sensible and sociologically informed policies and frameworks.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Theories of Information Technology
  • Unit 3: Information Technology an Work
  • Unit 4: Surveillance, the Panopticon, Facebook, Social Media,l and the Mercers
  • Unit 5: The Deepening Divide
  • Unit 6: The Religion of Technology
  • Unit 7: Conclusion

Mike Sosteric (Dr. S.)

Just another loud mouth sociology professor, teaching sociology courses at Athabasca University. Check me out here at the Socjourn, over there at The Conversation and at

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