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Course module: 191612560
191612560
Society, Politics and Technology
Course infoSchedule
Course module191612560
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. P.A.E. Brey
E-mailp.a.e.brey@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. P.A.E. Brey
Lecturer
prof.dr. P.A.E. Brey
Lecturer
N. Gertz
Academic year2017
Starting block
2A
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
This course is open only to students enrolled in the Master PSTS .In case you, being a student from another master’s programme, want to participate in this course, please contact the PSTS staff: y.c.h.dethouars@utwente.nl or j.m.j.nelissen@utwente.nl .
Learning objectives
This course connects especially to final qualification K1, K2, K5, S1-4, since by offering this course on philosophy of technology and politics it deepens the knowledge of philosophy of technology and its relation to social sciences (K1) and provides essential knowledge about the subfield social and political philosophy of technology (K2).By making a direct link to political philosophy, the course also contributes to K5, since the students get the opportunity to get a good understanding of how philosophy of technology relates to political philosophy.
 
At the end of the course the student has knowledge of or insight in:
•           political philosophy in general.
•         the political philosophy of technology in particular. This course connects to final qualification S1-4 of the programme 
 
At the end of the course the student is able to:
•         apply concepts and theories of political philosophy (both in its general and in its applied-to-technology form) to problems related to the role of technology in society and culture.
•         participate in a collective deliberation
•         identify and analyze particular problems in this domain
•         analyze the literature in this domain
•         analyze arguments in particular debates in this domain
•         formulate and argue one's his/her own position with regard to a particular issue
Content
Course description
Technology is a major force in social and political reality. This course introduces the students to five main discussions within social and political philosophy: on democracy, social justice, freedom, equality and community. Students will learn to relate these discussions to the political philosophy of technology, both in its classical and contemporary forms.

Study material:  
Readings in Social and Political Philosophy / ed. by Robert M. Stewart. Oxford University Press, 1996. Further study materials include scientific articles and PPT slides.

Subjects, theories and models:
Technology is a major force in social and political reality. This course introduces the students to five main discussions within social and political philosophy: on democracy, social justice, freedom, equality and community. Students will learn to relate these discussions to the political philosophy of technology, both in its classical and contemporary forms.

Teaching methods:
During 8 meeting of 4 hours the theories are discussed. Students practice in presentation and argumentation concerning the implications of technology for democracy, social justice, freedom, equality and community. Attendance is expected.

Examination and assessment:
The assessment is based on an oral presentation (20% of mark) and 2 written exams ( the first – in week 6 – 30% of the final mark; the second – during the regular exam period – 50% of the final mark). For passing the course, the presentation needs to be sufficient (i.e. 5.5 or more) and the average the average of the 2 exams need to be sufficient (i.e. 5.5 or more).
Assumed previous knowledge
Recommended: Ethics and Technology 1 (191612540)
PARTICIPATING STUDY
Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Soc.
Required materials
Course material
Readings in Social and Political Philosophy / ed. by Robert M. Stewart. Oxford University Press ISBN-13: 978-0195095180.
Course material
Further study materials include scientific articles.
Recommended materials
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Instructional modes
Lecture

Presentation and discussion

Seminars

Tests
Presentation and 2 written exams

Remark
Presentation: 20%, Exam 1: 30%, Exam 2: 50%

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