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Postgraduate Course: The Social Shaping of Information and Communication Technology (PGSP11226)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPostgrad (School of Social and Political Studies) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course reviews the growing body of research that explores the social shaping of technology ┐ how the design and implementation of technology are patterned by a range of ┐social┐ and ┐economic┐ factors as wel as narrowly ┐technical ┐ considerations. The first part of the course will present how technological practices develop across a diffused set of spaces and times that shape them. The second part of the course will discuss digital methods to deal with large-scale technological field change and interaction when stretched across time and sites.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course students will:

┐ develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the principal theories, principles and concepts in the field of social shaping of ICT;
┐ consider the application of digital social research methods in their research;
┐ be able to communicate effectively their research interests to their peers;
┐ be able to present effectively others researches.
Assessment Information
The course is assessed by a single course paper, which should be 4,000 words in length
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Material performativity and the sociology of expectations:

Neil Pollock and Robin Williams. 2011. Who decides the shape of product markets? The knowledge institutions that name and categorise new technologies. Inf. Organ. 21, 4 (December 2011), 194-217

Neil Pollock and Robin Williams. 2010. The business of expectations: How promissory organizations shape technology and innovation. Social Studies of Science vol. 40 no. 4 525-548

Borup, Mads, Nik Brown, Kornelia Konrad & Harro van Lente (2006) ┐The Sociology of
Expectations in Science and Technology┐, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management
18, 3-4: 285-98.

MacKenzie, Donald (2009) Material Markets: How Economic Agents are Constructed (Oxford:
Oxford University Press).

Callon, Michel (2007) ┐What Does it Mean to Say that Economics is Performative?┐,
in D. MacKenzie, F. Muniesa & L. Siu (eds), On the Performativity of Economics: Do
Economists Make Markets (Princeton: Princeton University Press): 311-57.

Surveillance technologies:


Lyon, David (2003) Surveillance Technology and Surveillance Society, in In T. J. Misa, P. Brey & A. Feenber (Eds.), Modernity and Technology (pp. 161-184). Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press.

Monahan, T. (2010). Introduction: Constructing insecurities. In T. Monahan (Ed.), Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (pp. 1-12). New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers University Press.

Winner, L. (2006). Technology Studies for Terrorists A Short Course In T. Monahan (Ed.), Surveillance and Security, Technology politics and power in everyday life (pp. 275-291). New YOrk, London: Routledge.


Kenney, M. (2003). Intelligence Games: Comparing the Intelligence Capabilities of Law Enforcement Agencies and Drug Trafficking Enterprises International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, 16(2), 212-243.

Monahan, T. (2010). Surveillance Infrastructures. In T. Monahan (Ed.), Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity (pp. 81-150). New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London: Rutgers University Press.

Considerations and implications in policy and practice of web accessibility for disabled users:

Mason, S., Casserley, C. (2005). Web site design and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Computer Law & Security Report. 21: 298-309.

Adam, A., Kreps, D. (2006). Enabling or disabling technologies? A critical approach to web accessibility. Information Technology & People. Vol. 19(3): 203-218.

Kelly, B., Lewthwaite, S. and Sloan, D., 2010. Developing countries; developing experiences: approaches to accessibility for the Real World. Opus: University of Bath Online Publication Store.

Technology & Social Activism:

Diani, M (2000), Social Movement Networks Virtual and Real, Information, Communication & Society, 3:3, 386-401

Meripour, A, Nicholson, B and Newman, M, (2010), Conviviality of Internet social networks: An exploratory study of Internet campaigns in Iran, Journal of Information Technology 25, 244-257

Wills, D; Reeves, S (2009), Facebook as a political weapon: Information in social networks, British Politics, 4, 2, 265

Garret, K R (2006), Protest in an Information Society: a review of literature on social movements and new ICTs., Information, Communication & Society Volume 9, Issue

Sen, P, Spyridakis, I, Amtmann, S and Charlotte P. L (2010), Using social media for social activism, In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Supporting group work (GROUP '10), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 331-332


"A Call To Arms" by Karen Williams, in Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services.

"The Politics of 'Platforms'" by Tarleton Gillespie, in New Media and Society 12.3 (2010).

"What are the Consequences of Being Disconnected in a Broadband-Connected World?" by John Horrigan, in Daedalus 140.4 (2011).

"How the Internet Could Be Regulated" by Roger Darlington, a presentation made at various venues.

Technology Diffusion

Webster, A. (1999). Technologies in transition, policies in transition: foresight risk society. Technovation, 19: 413-421.

Knot, J.M.C., van den Ende, J.C.M., Vergrant, P.J. (2001). Flexibility strategies for sustainable technology development. Technovation, 21: 335-343.

Vad dere Valk, T., Moors, E.H.M., Meeus, M.T.H. (2009). Conceptualizing patterns in the dynamics of emerging technologies: The case of biotechnology developments in the Netherlands. Technovation 29: 247-264.

Molina, A.H. (1997). Insights into the nature of technology diffusion and implementation: the perspective of sociotechnical alignment. Technovation, 17(11/12): 601-626.

National Systems of Innovation

Intarakumnerd, P., Chairatana, P. and Tangchitpiboon, T. (2002) National innovation system in less successful developing countries: the case of Thailand. Research Policy, 31, pp. 1445┐1457.

Lundvall, B.-┼. et al (2002) National systems of production, innovation and competence building. Research Policy, 31, pp. 213┐231.

Mowery, D.C. and Oxley, J. E. (1995). Inward technology transfer and competitiveness: the role of national innovation systems. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 19, pp. 67-93.

ICT & Conflict Management

Ethan Katsh and Leah Wing, (2006)"Ten Years of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR): Looking at the Past and Constructing the Future┐, 38 University of Toledo Law Review, 101.

Ethan Katsh, Janet Riifkin, and Alan Gaitenby, "Ecommerce, E-disputes, and E-dispute Resolution: In the Shadow of ?eBay Law,?? Ohio State J. of Dispute Resolution, 2000, 15(3), 705-734.

Susan Nauss Exon, ?The Next Generation of Online Dispute Resolution: The Significance of Holography to Enhance and Transform Dispute Resolution? 12 Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 19 (2011)

Strategic network planning

Powell, W. B., Marar, A., Gelfand, J., & Bowers, S. (2002). Implementing real-time optimization models: A case application from the motor carrier industry. Operations Research, 50(4), 571┐581.

Williams, R., & Edge, D. (1996). The social shaping of technology. Research Policy, 25, 856-899.

Knowledge transfer

Charles Steinfield,, 2010. Social capital, ICT use and company performance: Findings from the Medicon Valley Biotech Cluster, Technological forecasting and Social Change, 77, 1156-1166

Jukka Paranen,, 2008. Social Capital in the growth of science and technology based SMEs. Industrial Marketing Management 37, 513-522

Mika Westerlund and Senja Svahn, A relationship value perspective of social capital in networks of software SMEs, 37, 492-501
Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Gian Campagnolo
Tel: (0131 6)51 4273
Course secretaryMiss Lindsay Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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