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Philosophy of Science and Technology
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Course module201500067
Credits (ECTS)15
Course typeModule
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Boenink
E-mailm.boenink@utwente.nl
Lecturer(s)
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Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Boenink
Lecturer
dr. M. Boenink
Lecturer
J.C.H.R. Hoek
Lecturer
S.R. Jensen
Lecturer
dr. M.A.J. MacLeod
Academic year2018
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
Learning goals
•    Basic knowledge of philosophical theories and methods and of important approaches within philosophy of
     science and technology.
•    Acquiring skills in analysing and evaluating scientific and technological issues and problems by applying
     insights from philosophy and the field of science, technology, innovation and governance studies.
Content
The Philosophy of Science and Technology module analyses and evaluates the influence of science and technology on humans and society. In the first weeks, you will be introduced to main approaches and theories from the history of philosophy. But rather than merely studying the philosophical tradition in itself, the minor subsequently aims to develop your skills to systematically and critically reflect on science & technology and their social roles. We offer you philosophical tools to address questions like: Which view of science is underlying technological research that develops, for example, organs-on-a-chip or brain-computer interfaces? How will wearable technologies like Google Glass and Hololens change and shape our social interactions? Will we be able to maintain traditional ideas about privacy in an age of exponential increase of information and communication technologies? Should society allow for new forms of genetic modification of human beings? How can our society and culture incorporate and shape those technologies? The acquired perspectives and insights from philosophy set the stage for the final project. In a so-called Philosophy of Technology Lab you will work in a multidisciplinary team to identify and answer philosophical and ethical questions concerning a specific technology in development.
 
The module consists of three components (one of which is divided in 3 subcomponents):
1. Philosophical Theories and Methods (5 EC) (201500555) -
   Offers a high speed introduction in the history of philosophy, while also training your reading, argumentation
   and writing skills..
2. Essays in Philosophy of Technology (6 EC) (201500556)– reflects on the ways three sets of questions have been
    addressed in contemporary philosophy of science and technology.  
    2a. Controversies and Uncertainties in Science and Engineering (2 EC) - Discusses topics from philosophy of
          science in a context of research on new technologies.
    2b. Cyborgs, Hybrids and Posthumans (2 EC) -  Focuses on how technology influences and constitutes
          human nature and human existence and on how emerging technologies seem to blur the boundaries
          between humans and machines..
    2c. Technology, Ethics and Society (2 EC) -  Focuses on how to assess the ethical and societal desirability
          of new and emerging technologies and how to analyse ethical controversies.
         Assessment consists of 3 individual essays and 1 group presentation. The average grade of these parts
         should be 5.5 or higher, and only one of them may be completed with a 5; all others need to be completed
         with 5.5 or higher.
3. In the module project, called Philosophy of Technology Lab (4 EC) (201500557), students work in groups to
   philosophically analyse technologies developed at the University of Twente. They will identify and analyse
   philosophical and ethical issues associated with these technologies, but also investigate how technologies impact certain philosophical assumptions

Assesment
Exam, written assignments, oral presentations, and group project.
 
Assumed previous knowledge
In any case students need have to completed 120 EC’s from their current bachelor’s studies before starting this minor.
Required materials
Course material
Samir Okasha (2002), Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
Recommended materials
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Instructional modes
Lecture
Presence dutyYes

Project supervised
Presence dutyYes

Project unsupervised
Presence dutyYes

Seminar
Presence dutyYes

Tests
Philosophical Theories and Methods

Remark
Assignments and exam

Essays in Philosophy of Technology

Project: Philosophy of Technology Lab

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