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BL20A0900 Science, Technology and Society, 4 cr / 2.22 cu 
Code BL20A0900  Validity 01.08.2007 -
Name Science, Technology and Society  Abbreviation Science, Techno 
Credits4 cr / 2.22 cu   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Karl-Erik Michelsen 
Johanna Naukkarinen 

Description by Study Guide
Note  Location: kokonaan verkossa / full digi

E-learning course starting in every period.


Year  M.Sc. (Tech.) 1 
Period  1,2,3,4 
Teaching Language  Finnish 
Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, Ph.D. Karl-Erik Michelsen, Post-doctoral researcher, D.Sc. (Tech.) Johanna Naukkarinen


After the course student will be able to:
- understand the interplay between science, technology and society
- analyze the themes presented in the course from different viewpoints
- present a justified opinion on the effects of technology on society and connect his/her views to the larger societal debate
- discuss societal issues within his/her professional area with public with a non-technical background.


Course discusses the interplay between science, technology and society fromseveral different angles through six specific themes. Some of the themes may change yearly, but the themes related with risks, gender, ethics and sustainability of technology are present every year in some format.

Teaching Methods 

Course is an online-course with following learning tasks:
- getting acquainted with the teaching materials in each theme (videos, podcasts and written material)

- writing three blog texts related with the course themes
- giving peer feedback on certain blog texts
- writing a larger concluding essay on a given topic
- taking a Moodle-quiz.
The workload of the course is as follows: learning tasks (teaching materials, writing a blog text, peer evaluation), 60 h, preparing for quiz exam 40 h, Moodle-quiz 2 h, time management and reporting 2 h.
Total workload 104 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No)  No 
Examination in Moodle (Yes/No)  Yes 
Examination in Exam (Yes/No)  No 
Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0-5. Learning tasks and peer evaluation 50 %, Moodle-exam 50 %

Course Materials 

Learning materials in Moodle.

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty)  Yes. A max. of 60 participants for the courses starting from the periods 1, 2 and 3. No limitations for the course starting from the 4 period. 
Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No)  No 
Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No)  No 

Current and upcoming courses
Functions Name Type cr Teacher Timing
  Science, Technology and Society  COURSE  Karl-Erik Michelsen,
Johanna Naukkarinen 
02.03.20 -17.04.20 -

Upcoming exams
No exams