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Course, academic year 2021/2022
Impacts of IT on society - B832005
Title: Dopady IT na společnost
Guaranteed by: Department of Education and Human Sciences (832)
Actual: from 2021
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/3 [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: Czech
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: Bachelor's
Guarantor: Jirkovská Blanka PhDr. Ph.D.
Horáček Jaroslav RNDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
Annotation -
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The goal of the course is to introduce the impact of information technology and cybernetics on society in broader spectrum. The course leads students to critical thinking transcending borders of chemical cybernetics. The course is composed as a combination of lectures and discussion seminars based on the reading of the relevant literature. Participation in the course will guide students to perceive intersections of technical and social topics more sensitively.
Aim of the course -
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Participation in the course will guide students to perceive intersections of technical and social topics more sensitively.

Literature -
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B: Rakowski, R., & Kowaliková, P. (2020). Společnost 4.0: technologie plná lidí. Ohře Media spol. s r.o.

R: Bauman, Z. (2020). Tekutá modernita. Portál.

R: Liessmann, K. P. (2015). Hodina duchů: praxe nevzdělanosti : polemický spis. Academia.

R: Beck, U. (2018). Riziková společnost: na cestě k jiné moderně (Třetí vydání). Sociologické nakladatelství.

R: Kurzweil, R. (2006). The singularity is near: when humans transcend biology. Pinguin Books.

R: Lorenz, K. (2014). Osm smrtelných hříchů civilizace. Leda.

R: Castells, M. (2009). The Rise of the Network Society: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture (2.nd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell.

R: Taleb, N. N. (2011). Černá labuť. Paseka.

R: Foucault, M. (2009). Zrození biopolitiky: Kurs na Collège de France 1978-1979. Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury.

R: Sak, P., & Mareš, J. (2007). Člověk a vzdělání v informační společnosti. Portál.

Teaching methods -
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seminars, discussions, critical thinking

Syllabus -
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Topic scopes

Scope 1: Present and future IT society

1. Characteristics of the current society via technologies– network society, information society, industry 4.0, risk society, liquid modernity, individualism

2.What can artificial inteligence actually handle? Reality, utopia, dystopia.

Scope 2: IT and human body

3. Modern IT in medicine , substitution of experts (automatization, expert systems)

4. Cyber body - augmentation, IT and body

Scope 3: Social challenges and IT

5. IT and privacy - digital surveillence, private information, suppression of rights and freedom, digital loneliness, point systems

6. IT and freedom - cryptocurrency, NFT, open data/access, darkweb, digital property

Scope 4: IT through generations

7. Lifestyle changes influenced by modern technologies, perception of technology through generations

8. Technology use in senior generation – monitoring, aids, companions

Scope 5: Education and work in society of IT

9. Technologies in current education - hybrid teaching, online education, digital literacy (population, students, teachers), digital dementia

10. Changes of work market and new technologies – digitization, robotization of work, fading and emerging occupations, homeoffice, online work, digital nomadism

Scope 6: Social risks and IT

11. IT crime, violence and war - cyberwar, cyberweapons, ethics of artificial intelligence, cybercrime, cyber bullying, cyber power, cyber law

12. Ecological impacts of IT - material extraction, hardware replacement, responsible programming, optimization of applications, energy consumption

Scope 7: IT and everyday reality

13. Virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented reality

14. Digital self - online self-presentation, dramaturgy of our own online world, online consumerism

Registration requirements -
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Course completion requirements -
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completion in the form of seminar paper (individual or group work, reading a thematically relevant article and preparing questions for discussion, presentations in class)

Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Konzultace s vyučujícími 0,5 14
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 0,5 14
Práce na individuálním projektu 0,2 6
Účast na seminářích 0,5 14
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