351.018 Technology and Society
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to understand society from different perspectives (in the form of business, politics, NGOs and other actors and interests) and as an important factor for the "success", i.e. the development and implementation of (new) technologies. Specific examples are used to illustrate the role that technology plays in modern society and the ethical challenges that sometimes arise as a result. Students are encouraged to think about their own professional role from a broader perspective.

 The lecture deals with topics such as:

  • The historical discomfort with technology
  • Technology and democracy
  • Technology controversies and technology assessment
  • Technology and risk
  • The social construction of technology
  • The agency of non-humans: The actor-network theory
  • Technology and gender
  • Users and technology
  • Governing technologies
  • Responsible research - responsible innovation

This lecture presents and discusses basic concepts and tension that (can) arise in the relations between technology and society.

Understanding: Students will be able to describe, reflect on and discuss the diverse relationships between technical applications and society.

Apply: Students will be able to describe and interpret potential applications (including ones of their own work/experience) using terms and concepts from the social sciences.

Analyze: Students will be able to differentiate and relate different social phenomena and concepts around technology.

Evaluate: Students will be able to critically examine the role of various technical applications in society to incorporate these considerations into their own future work.


Subject of course

(Lecture in German language!)

The lecture addresses topics such as:

  • Das Unbehagen an der Technik
  • Die Technokratiedebatte
  • Techik und Risiko
  • Technik und Demokratie
  • Responsible Innovation
  • Sind Technologien politisch? Haben Technologien eine Moral?
  • Die gesellschaftliche Konstruktion von Technologie
  • Die Handlungsmacht der Nicht-Menschen: Die Akteur-Netzwerk-Theorie
  • Nutzer/innen und Technologie
  • Politische Steuerung der Technik
  • Technikkontroversen und Technikfolgenabschätzung
  • Technik und Gender

Teaching methods

The course contents are taught in the form of a lecture. The focus is on the lecturer’s input, whose structure is documented in the slides. Furthermore, the active participation of the students is encouraged in the form of joint discussions.

Mode of examination


Additional information





Course dates

Fri09:00 - 13:0008.03.2024 - 22.03.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Vorlesung
Fri09:00 - 13:0012.04.2024 - 19.04.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Technik und Gesellschaft
Technology and Society - Single appointments
Fri08.03.202409:00 - 13:00EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Vorlesung
Fri15.03.202409:00 - 13:00EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Vorlesung
Fri22.03.202409:00 - 13:00EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Vorlesung
Fri12.04.202409:00 - 13:00EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Technik und Gesellschaft
Fri19.04.202409:00 - 13:00EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT Technik und Gesellschaft
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written exam (Single-Choice-test)


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri09:00 - 10:0012.07.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written10.06.2024 08:00 - 10.07.2024 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri08:00 - 09:0018.10.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written18.09.2024 08:00 - 17.10.2024 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri08:00 - 09:0022.11.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written21.10.2024 08:00 - 21.11.2024 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri09:00 - 10:0013.12.2024EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written12.11.2024 08:00 - 12.12.2024 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri09:00 - 10:0028.02.2025EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written15.01.2025 08:00 - 10.02.2025 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri08:00 - 09:0014.03.2025EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written06.02.2025 08:00 - 13.03.2025 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri09:00 - 10:0002.05.2025EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written31.03.2025 09:00 - 01.05.2025 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri09:00 - 10:0013.06.2025EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written11.05.2025 08:00 - 11.06.2025 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT
Fri09:00 - 10:0018.07.2025EI 7 Hörsaal - ETIT written16.06.2025 08:00 - 16.07.2025 08:00TISSSCHRIFTLICHE PRÜFUNG - PRÄSENZFORMAT

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 235 Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Mandatory1. Semester
884 Subject: Informatics und Informatics Management Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

This is an introductory class.