Course Syllabus for

Digi HTOS - The Digital Encounter between Humans, Technology, Organization and Society
Digi MTOS - Det digitala mötet mellan människa, teknik, organisation och samhälle

MAM040F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2020
Decided by: Åsa Håkansson
Date of establishment: 2020-02-14

General Information

Division: Ergonomics and Aerosol Technology
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: Swedish


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.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

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.

Course Literature

Lupton, D.: Digital Sociology. Routledge, 2015.
Plus articles

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, project, self-study literature review

Examination Details

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.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

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.

Further Information

Maximum number of students: 12.

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Gudbjörg Erlingsdottir <>
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