F27TS Technology in Society

Dr Theo Georgiou

Course co-ordinator(s): Dr Theo Georgiou (Edinburgh).


This course explores a range of issues concerning the impact of technology on society. It uses writing and film to provoke and express debate. Students will read and critically assess books, essays, short stories, and films which describe issues in the field. In reports, small group discussions and stories of their own, students will explore ways of expressing complex ideas in writing

  • To survey some of the issues relating to the development of technology in a social context
  • To develop analytic and critical approaches to reading and viewing
  • To develop an ethical view of technology

Detailed Information

Course Description: Link to Official Course Descriptor.

Pre-requisites: none.

Location: Edinburgh.

Semester: 2.


  • Literature engaging with technology in society
  • Reading and viewing critically
  • Fiction as a vehicle for ideas
  • Presenting ideas in writing and story telling

Learning Outcomes: Subject Mastery

Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)

  • Knowledge of some of the literature and films discussing ethical and moral issues relating to technology
  • Techniques for critically evaluating works of literature and films
  • Construction of narrative to convey issues
  • Key moral, ethical and social issues relating to technology

Learning Outcomes: Personal Abilities

Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others Communication, Numeracy & ICT

  • Critical reading and viewing (PDP)
  • Understanding the importance of morally guided decision making (PDP)
  • Debating skills to examine issues.(PDP)
  • Structuring an argument (PDP)
  • Use of VLE as a means of learning, contributing and discussing

Assessment Methods: Due to covid, assessment methods for Academic Year 2021/22 may vary from those noted on the official course descriptor. Please see:
- Maths (F1) Course Weightings 2021/22
- Computer Science (F2) Course Weightings 2021/22
- AMS (F7) Course Weightings 2021/22

SCQF Level: 7.

Credits: 15.