ATS2733 - Work and technology - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Naomi Smith

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)


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This unit is a basic introduction to the concepts, theories and research developed in sociological studies of work and technology. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the fundamental influences work and technology have on societies. The influence of working life and technological development on the social careers of individuals will also be emphasised.


The objectives of the unit are to enable students to:

  • Identify the central issues in the sociology of work and technology
  • Understand the input of technology and changing nature of work in contemporary society
  • Develop a conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding work
  • Critically review their own experiences of work
  • Present a well constructed argument which shows evidence of wide reading and an ability to explore alternative interpretations when forming conclusions.


Within semester assessment: 60% + Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1367 and ATS1898 or SCY1802, or permission


ATS3733 , GSC2204, GSC3204, SCY2804, SCY3804