Syllabus for Technology, Power and the Future of Humanity

Teknik, makt och mänsklighetens framtid

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 1MV000
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Sustainable Development G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G)
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2013
  • Entry requirements:

    University studies 60 credits/equivalent

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • analyse different views on the role of technology in society, the relationship between technology and sustainable development, and how individual human beings influence and are influenced by different technologies;
  • apply conceptual, analytical and ethical tools to understand the role of technology in individual as well as collective meaning making processes;
  • critically review different technologies, the use and development of technology and its consequences from a power perspective, and methods for risk assessment and evaluation of these consequences.


The course starts with discussion of historical, idea historical and philosophical perspectives on technology.

Emphasis is put on views of the importance and function of technology on a societal and individual level and the possibilities and limitations of the technology to solve environment and development problems.

New technologies and its social consequences are also discussed.

Methods for risk assessment and evaluation of technology are reviewed and analysed, and a power perspective on development of technology used.


The teaching consists of guest lectures, seminars and group discussions.


Students are examined through written preparation and active participation in seminars and workshops (3 credits) and at the end of the course through written and oral presentation of projects (4.5 credits).

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2016

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Not relevant for the distance course

  • Artikelkompendium


  • Hornborg, Alf Myten om maskinen : essäer om makt, modernitet och miljö / Alf Hornborg

    Göteborg: Daidalos, 2010

    Find in the library


  • Rifkin, Jeremy. The zero marginal cost society : the internet of things, the collaborative commons, and the eclipse of capitalism

    Find in the library


Technology, Power and the Future of Humanity - Distance January - May

  • Hulme, Mike Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering

    John Wiley & Sons, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Nye, David E. Technology matters : questions to live with

    Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26