AK2203 Media, Technology and Culture 7.5 credits

Media mellan teknik och kultur

In the course, technology and technological change are viewed as processes which are culturally, economically and socially construed and not given by nature. Such processes are analysed with the aid of some theoretical tools, the use and meaning of which are trained in the course.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course contains lectures and seminars with a focus on technological change within the media area, both present and historic. The lectures deal with overarching issues concerning technological change and its consequences. The readings are discussed at the seminar, to which also a written reflection has to be submitted. Active involvement in the seminar is required. The written assignments prepare for the essay together with lectures, a plan for the essay and some supervision. The essay is also read and discussed in peer groups of four, where every one is assigned to be commentator on another essay.

Intended learning outcomes *

In the course, technology and technological change are viewed as processes which are culturally, economically and socially construed and not given by nature. Such processes are analysed with the aid of some theoretical tools, the use and meaning of which are trained in the course.

After the course, the students should be able to:

define, explain and use the terms introduced in the course,

make comparisons between historical and present technology,

write a longer essay,

be able to give examples of and explain the causes and effects of some technical change in the media area

constructively critizise the work of fellow students and provide alternative suggestions

Course Disposition

Lectures and seminars.

Written assignments and essay.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

120 credits academic studies in the field of Technical Science, Economics or equivalent and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

No information inserted

Equipment

During a transition period, when the students at the mediatechnology programme are only Swedish, the course will be given in Swedish.

Literature

Litteraturen anslås minst fyra veckor före kursstart.

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • SEM1 - Seminar, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • UPP1 - Essay, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Presence and participation in seminars, written reflections, and an essay

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Per Högselius

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AK2203

Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Contact

Nina Wormbs (nina@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places, students enrolled in the degree programme in media technology are prioritized. Remaining places are distributed on a first come, first served basis.