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Details for the Course Syllabus for Course MAM040F valid from Autumn 2022

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  • The encounter with new digital technology in the form of, for example, smartphones, apps, Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Information and Communication Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, is becoming an increasingly important part of our everyday lives. Therefore, it is important that we incorporate technology in our studies of work and work environment. The aim of the course is to provide students with tools for discussing and analyzing what happens in the encounter between digital technology, organizations and people, but also how technology is normed and is attributed different characteristics and purposes. By studying the encounter between technology, people, organization and society from different theoretical perspectives, these encounters and the opportunities and obstacles created by them can be understood.
  • The course will deal with aspects such as: changing interactions and relationships, impact on working life, industries, professions, work organization, work routines and work environment in relation to digital technology (such as Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Information and Communication Technology, Artificial Intelligence, digital platforms and robots). The course will further cover the adaptation between society, organization technology and people. The course is organized into three two-day, on campus, sessions. The first session provides a comprehensive introduction to the digitalization of society in general and different industries. The second session deals with the interaction between man and technology at the organizational and individual level. The third session discusses future opportunities and challenges from a work environment perspective.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to explain social conditions and obstacles to digitalisation
    be able to actively use central concepts as well as current theories in the area of human-technology-organization (HTO) and be able to relate these to digitalization
    demonstrate an in-depth insight into and an ability to discuss how the working environment, organization and management are affected by and interact with the growth of digital technology
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to independently search and compile information linked to the course content
    be able to analyze a digital system from an HTO perspective
    be able to link the course content to one owns dissertation project
    be able to compile and orally present an independent project report/study linked to the course content and own dissertation project
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to critically reflect on the role of digital technology for individuals, organizations and society
    be able to critically review and compare published research results in the area of HTO and digitalisation
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Project
  • Self-study literature review
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Seminars given by participants
  • The course is examined through the submission of three written homework assignments, which reflect the course's various sub-areas and together form a whole. For approved grades, all home assignments must be approved and put together in the form of a submitted and orally presented report.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Only PhD students admitted to Falf's research education school.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
  • None
Selection Criteria
  • The doctoral students are chosen so that they represent a spread in terms of geographical area, discipline and empirical study object.
  • Lupton, D.: Digital Sociology. Routledge, 2015.
  • Plus articles
Further Information
  • Maximum number of students: 12.
Course code
  • MAM040F
Administrative Information
  • 2022-08-29
  • Åsa Håkansson

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