Short Title:Culture and Technology
Full Title:Culture and Technology
Module Code:TECH H4003
Credits: 6
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce some of the key thinkers and debates on the ways in which new technologies are reshaping cultural forms and practices. In addition, the module will address issues related to the representation of science and technology in culture in an attempt to explore the ways in which popular discourse, in turn, is responding to recent advances in scientific knowledge.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Understand the complexities of history and culture in examining the field of communications historiography
LO2 Critically examine issues of power, control and resistance as they pertain to the digital cultural environment
LO3 Critically examine contemporary debates around the nature of identity, consciousness and the body in cyberculture
LO4 Critique the particular representation of science, technology and the posthuman in contemporary media texts relating these to their knowledge of the history of such representations
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
The Media in History
Historical development and dissemination of communications technologies (oral, scribal, print,electronic digital and postdigital cultures); technical versus social determinist positions; Medium theory strengths and limitations; Theoretical perspectives on digital culture; relations of power, control and resistance;
The Body, Technology and Society
The Posthuman turn,cybernetics and the quantified self ; the ubiquity and significance of machine vision in everyday culture; algorithms and culture; cyberfeminist perspectives; technology, thought and consciousness; an introduction to object oriented ontology
Cultural and Artistic Responses
The emergence of science as a ‘way of knowing’; the ‘two cultures’ debate; Art’s engagement with science and technology: Representations and archetypes of the Scientist on screen; Key archetypes and their historical foundations; science on screen as a venue for discourse about the ethical use and social force of science; critical analyses of key texts from film, television, computer games, literature and/or art.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Students may be required to present a short paper and lead a tutorial discusssion. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
Essay Students may be required to write an academic essay addressing key issues raised in the module. 1,2 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 50.00 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading, viewing, research 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Mackenzie, D., 1999, The Social Shaping of Technology, Open University Press [ISBN: 978-033519913]
  • Braidotti, R., 2013, The Posthuman, Polity Press [ISBN: 978-074564158]
  • Bennett, J., 2010, Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things, Duke University [ISBN: 978-082234633]
  • Morton, T., 2017, Humankind: Solidarity with Non-Human People, Verso [ISBN: 978-178663132]
  • McLuhan, M., and Fiore, Q., 2001, The Medium is the Massage, New Edition Ed., Gingko Press [ISBN: 978-158423070]
  • McLuhan, M, 2001, Understanding Media, 2nd Ed., Routledge [ISBN: 978-041525397]
  • Felte, U., et al 2017, The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, MIT Press [ISBN: 978-026203568]
  • Seyfert, R., and Jonathan Roberge 2016, Algorithmic Cultures: Essays on Meaning, Performance and New Technologies, Routledge [ISBN: 978-113899842]
  • Vincent Miller, 2011, Understanding Digital Culture, Sage London [ISBN: 9781847874979]
  • Couldry, N., 2012, Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice, Polity Press [ISBN: 978-074563921]
  • Gere, C. 2008, Digital Culture, Reaktion Books
  • Murphie, A., and Potts, J. 2003, Culture and Technology, Palgrave MacMillan
  • Brockman, J. 2011, Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology, Harper Perennial
  • Hayles, N.K. 1999, How we Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics, Chicago Press
  • Genosko, G. 1999, McLuhan and Baudrillard: The Masters of Implosion, Routledge
  • Haynes, R.D. 1993, From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature, Johns Hopkins Uni Press
  • Frayling, C. 2006, Mad, Bad and Dangerous?: The Scientist and the Cinema, Reaktion Books
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources