Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Sociology of New Information Technologies



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia


Departamento de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas



Teacher in charge

António Paulo Brandão Moniz de Jesus

Weekly hours


Total hours


Teaching language



Knowledge of the basic principles of the relation Technology and Society

Capacity of analysis on the Information and Knowledge Society

Information about approaches on technology and production systems, on working conditions and job design in automated environments

Knowledge of issues around conflict negotiation and  agreements, emergence of new vocational profiles in the information society, and of the concept of Industry 4.0.


  • knowledge of English in order to be able to read scientific articles and reports related to the matter
  • basic knowledge on access to bibliographic data bases, either at FCT-UNL, or at www.b-on.pt
  • usage of computer means to organise the course report
  • regular access to the web page of the discipline

Subject matter

1. Technology and Society

1.1. Technology-society relation
1.2. Technological change and socio-cultural change

2. From industrial society to the information society

2.1. Features of industrial society
2.2. The emergency of information and knowledge society

3. New technologies, work and organisation

3.1. The technicist approach and the socio-technical one
3.2. Features and potential of new information technologies
3.3. New technologies and production systems: the "Industry 4.0"

4. New technologies and working conditions

4.1. Technological risk assessment
4.2. Working conditions changes and technology innovation
4.3. Organization and job design in automated environments

5. Introduction of new technologies and labour relations 

5.1. Theories on the relation new technologies-labour relations
5.2. Conflicts, negotiation and technology options
5.3. New occupational profiles and training needs


Bechmann, Krings & Rader (2003): Across the Divide, Berlin, Sigma

Castells, M. (1996): The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell, Malden and Oxford

Lay, Gunter; Shapira, Philip; Wengel, Jürgen Eds. (1999): Innovation in Production – The Adoption and Impacts of New Manufacturing Concepts in German Industry, Heidelberg, Physica-Verlag.

Machado, C.; Davim, J.P. (2014) Human Resource Management and Technological Challenges, Springer

Nentwich, M.; König, R. (2012), Cyberscience 2.0, Campus

OECD: Understanding the Digital Divide, Paris, OECD, 2001

Reich R. (2000), The future of success. Work and life in the New Economy, Vintage, London

Sennett, R. (1998). The Corrosion of Character – The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism. W.W. Norton, New York

Turkle, S. (2011), Alone Together, New York, Basic Books

Vincent J. et al. (2015) Social Robots from a Human Perspective, Cham, Springer

Teaching method

When necessary (for example, when there are ERASMUS students) the classes can be in English.

This year 2015/16 the classes will be in English and the presentation slides will also contain information in English

The student evaluation is continuous, with personal appointments to follow-up the lerning performance. Final evaluation is based in a report done individually or in group. A discussion of the report finalised the evaluation process.

Evaluation method

a) Continuous assessment


b) final examination 

if a), then a written report must be organised, through a working group, and the topics discussed with the teachers (± 20 pages).

everyone much be enrolled at the Moodle webpage of the discipline.

it must also write analysis on scientific articles related with the programme (these articles must be found with www.b-on.pt, and the analysis done with the Moodle system)


participation in the classes: 20%

reports: 80%

if needed, an examination in English can be provided to foreign students