Introduction

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.

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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. Check me out here at the Socjourn, over there at The Conversation and at academia.edu.

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