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ARIN3610: Technology and Culture

Technology and Culture analyses the relationships between technological developments and cultural change, with a particular focus on digital media. This unit of study interrogates the changing conceptions of technology in society by tracing the influence of key works in the critical Humanities and social sciences. Through close readings and provocative discussion of advanced texts, students explore the significance of technology in social power, identity, gender, social shaping, class, space, assemblages, actor-networks, experience, thought, time, and the future.

Details

Academic unit Media and Communications
Unit code ARIN3610
Unit name Technology and Culture
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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ARIN2600
Prerequisites
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12 credit points at 2000 level in Digital Cultures or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Anthropology, Art History, Computer Science, Design Computing, English, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Information Systems, Information Technology, Linguistics, Psychology or Sociology
Corequisites
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None
Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Olga Boichak, olga.boichak@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Olga Boichak , olga.boichak@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Simon Michael Taylor , simon.m.taylor@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Tutorial participation
n/a
10% Ongoing n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3
Assignment Provocations and report
Assessment consists of an in-class 'provocation' and a written report
20% Ongoing
Due date: 09 Mar 2020
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Influence analysis
Analyse the influence on/of your course reading of choice
30% Week 06
Due date: 03 Apr 2020
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Essay
Critical academic essay on your topic of interest applying key frameworks
40% Week 13
Due date: 29 May 2020
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to technology and culture Lecture (2 hr) LO1
Week 02 Medium theory Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
McCarthy & Wright and Deleuze Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Cyborgs and the posthuman Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
McLuhan and Kittler Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Social construction of technology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Haraway and Hayles Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Digital Labour Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Pinch & Bijker and Winner Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Space Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Wark and Fuchs Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Actor-network theory Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO5 LO6
Moores and Kitchen & Dodge Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Machines and assemblages Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Latour and Law Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Phenomenology Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Guattari and Nail Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Archives and memory Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Heidegger and Ihde Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Time Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6
Derrida and van Dijk Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Materiality Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Adam and Wajcman Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Conclusions Lecture (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Parrika and Casemajor Tutorial (1 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

  • Lecture recording: Most lectures (in recording-equipped venues) will be recorded and may be made available to students on the LMS. However, you should not rely on lecture recording to substitute your classroom learning experience.

  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the complex interrelationship between technology and culture
  • LO2. Develop independent learning and critical thinking through readings, discussion and written assignments
  • LO3. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills by facilitating and participating in ‘provocations’
  • LO4. Research and inquiry skills, involving the ability to present evidence and argument in support of your own particular perspective
  • LO5. Become aware of the importance of influence and the conventions of citation, and a capacity to trace influences in this assignment
  • LO6. Apply theoretical approaches to the study of technology and culture to recent case studies
  • LO7. Use communication and information technologies effectively.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
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