Technology, Economy, and Society (Lecture)

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Daniela Zetti
Duration2 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


The course offers a problem-oriented insight into historical and current sociotechnical translation processes. Students will work on case studies from the seminar's topic area. They will become familiar with the interdependencies of social change.


In this course, an approach to the political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of technology development is acquired. Selected historical and current examples will be analyzed to see how technology emerges and with what consequences artifacts, processes and services are socially appropriated. Under which social conditions, in which economic situations and political contexts does technology emerge? How is it discussed, implemented, changed or discarded? Emphasis is placed on the history of technology development in the second half of the 20th century as well as on the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and the demands it poses for explanation, decision, trust and responsibility.


The course does not require any special prior knowledge.


The assessment consists of a written assignment (8000 characters approx.) which is due at the end of the semester. Students analyze research literature with respect to sociotechnical problems. It is possible to repeat the examination; the prerequisite for this is timely registration. If the repeat examination is not passed, the entire module must be repeated.

Recommended literature

- Nelly Oudshoorn and Trevor Pinch (Eds.), How Users Matter. The Co-Construction of Users and Technology. Cambridge, Mass. 2005. - Gernot Rieder, Judith Simon and Pak-Hang Wong, Mapping the Stony Road Towards Trustworthy AI, in: Pelillo, Marcello and Scantamburlo, Teresa (Eds.), Machines We Trust: Perspectives on Dependable AI. Cambridge, Mass. 2021, . - Philip Scranton, Urgency, Uncertainty, and Innovation: Building Jet Engines in Postwar America, in: Management & Organizational History, 2006, 1:2, 127-157,