Sociological technology studies look at the social processes of technology development and use in order to gain a deeper understanding of innovation processes.
The courses cover:
- the social processes of the emergence of technology,
- the structures and functional mechanisms of socio-technological systems and
- the societal consequences of technology.
The purpose of sociological technology studies is to support the management of innovation processes with a view to making better use of the opportunities offered by new technologies, for example by engaging the expertise of potential users. Technology studies, moreover, seeks to open perspectives for alternative options and scenarios, as well as to address technical risks by means of anticipatory risk management.
The specific profile of the Technology Studies Group in Dortmund consists of
- the combination of research issues from the areas of socio-technological studies and social theory, for example concerning the involvement of technology in sociological macro-micro-macro models or the sociology of today’s digital real-time society,
- analysis of the governance of complex socio-technological systems, for example in the fields of transport and energy - including their transition to sustainability,
- the use of agent-based modelling (ABM) as an instrument of sociological research, which allows analysis of the structures and dynamics of complex socio-technological systems as well as the testing of assumptions about the predicted effects of controlling interventions.
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Location & approach
The Technical University of Dortmund campus is located near the Dortmund West autobahn junction, where the A45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the A40 (Ruhrschnellweg B1). The most convenient autobahn exits are found on the A45 in Dortmund-Eichlinghofen (closer to the south campus) and on the B1 / A40 in Dortmund-Dorstfeld (closer to the north campus). The university is signposted at both exits.
The TU Dortmund has its own S-Bahn station ("Dortmund Universität") on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund’s central station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf’s central station via "Bahnhof Düsseldorf Flughafen". This makes the university directly accessible from the cities of Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg. Furthermore, the TU Dortmund may be reached via buslines 445, 447 and 462.
Individual timetable information for public transport is also available on the website of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and the Dortmund Transport Authority also offers an interactive route network map.
One of the landmarks of the TU is the H-Bahn overhead monorail which connects the two campuses. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between the stops Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund Universität S. Line 2 shuttles every 5 minutes between the stops Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.
To get from the Dortmund airport to the campus, we recommend taking the "Airport Express" to Dortmund's central train station (20 minutes), and then boarding the S-Bahn there. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.