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BMET 25A02 - Technology and Society

Type d'enseignement : Workshop

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Aucun pré-requis.

Course Description

The objective of this methods workshop is to develop the essential skill sets for students in social sciences to conduct academic research, based on the research and critical assessment of the sociological effects of technology. The workshop focuses on qualitative research methods, mainly academic research, survey design and interviews. The students will go through the different stages of the research process with the instructor, starting with how to design a research question and use the library (both hard copy and electronic resources). The course will continue with the review of academic and non-academic resources (such as newspaper articles), creating a bibliography, avoiding plagiarism, designing surveys and interviews, as well as presenting the research. Within this scope, students will research and discuss a series of social issues, events and conflicts arising from technology, such as the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica affair, fake news during elections, net neutrality, the political power of tech platforms, the rise of populism and its relation to technology, the shifts in the media sources, smart devices and their potential social, ethical and legal consequences. The assignments will be based on implementing the research methods learned during the course.


YASAR, Ayse G. (Etudiante doctorante)

Course validation

- Attendance and participation (10%): Students are required to attend the sessions, read the required material before each session and participate. - Short research assignments (20% each): o Constructing a bibliography o Designing and implementing a survey There will be a third bonus assignment (10%) - Fast track presentation (10%): Students will each present a piece of research in 5 minutes, followed by a short discussion in class. - Final Research Project (40%): This is a short research project that the students will construct themselves, researching one of the technology & society issues discussed in class and integrating the research methods treated during the semester. The final product will be an essay of 5000 words.

Required reading

Preliminary reading material (non-required)

Additional required reading

  • - The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (2012) edited by Lisa M. Given, chapter entitled “Methods”
  • - “Did I Plagiarize?” – Infographic available at
  • - Sheila Jasanoff, “We Need Technologies of Humility” Rathenau Instituut Blog, 10 January 2018
  • - Helbing et al, “Will Democracy Survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence?”, Scientific American, 25 February 2017