Sociology (SOCI) 460

The Sociology of Information Technology (Revision 1)

SOCI 460

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3 credits

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: One of SOCI 335, SOCI 337, SOCI 345, SOCI 381, or any 300-level Sociology or Women's and Gender Studies course or Labour Studies or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Sociology 460: The Sociology of Information Technology is designed to encourage critical thinking vis-à-vis information technology. This course is designed to increase your understanding of technology, information technology, and the impact technology has on your life and our world.


  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Theories of Information Technology
  • Unit 3: Technology and Education
  • Unit 4: Technology and Work
  • Unit 5: The Digital Divide
  • Unit 6: The Religion of Technology
  • Unit 7: Conclusion


To receive credit for this course you must obtain a grade of at least “50” percent on the final assignment and an overall course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Research Project 1 Research Project 2 Research Project 3 Final Assignment Total
15% 15% 15% 55% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Clark, Arthur C. (1990) [1953]. Childhood's End. New York: Del Rey.

Cuban, Larry. (2001) Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Devinatz, Victor G. (1999). High-Tech Betrayal: Working and Organizing on the Shop Floor. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.

Noble, David F. (1999). The Religion of Technology: The Divinity of Man and the Spirit of Invention. New York: Penguin.

van Dijk, Jan A. G. M. (2005). The Deepening Divide: Inequality in the Information Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

Webster, Frank. (2002). Theories of the Information Society, 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge.

Other material

All other course materials will be accessed online.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, July 23, 2008.

Updated May 26 2016 by SAS