The Role of Socio-Technical Thinking in the Information Systems Curriculum in UK Universities

  • Brian Hopkins
Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)


This chapter considers the continuing tension within the UK university curriculum in the Information Systems (IS) field between concepts which are grounded in, or have an affinity with, the socio-technical systems (S-T) approach on the one hand, and those which are a legacy of the more instrumental, engineering tradition. In this chapter a distinction is drawn between computer science (which has as its primary focus the knowledge and understanding of the principles and theory underpinning our application of computers) and information systems (in which our major concern lies in the efficient, effective and successful introduction of systems which deliver information to our clients in an appropriate and timely manner).


Information System High Educa Instrumental Approach Practitioner Community British Computer Society 
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