Philosophy of Science and Technology, GBI
The objective of the course is to introduce students to important philosophical and historical perspectives on science and technology, as well as to more general epistemological and reflexive issues related to business informatics as a social science discipline. Throughout the course, the student will become acquainted with a series of concepts within a selection of thematic fields that can be used to critically interrogate empirical phenomena relating to ‘science’ and ‘technology’.
Philosophy of science and technology provides an introduction to central philosophical perspectives on science, technology and epistemology. The literature introduces students to scientific paradigms such as positivism and social constructivism as well as to contemporary anthropological and sociotechnical perspectives on topics relating to science and technology. Generally, the course focuses on questions on the relation between humans, technologies and knowledge with the aim of teaching the students how to raise critical and reflective concerns about a selection of topics. Amongst the topics are measurement, ranking and algorithms, facts and data, management and organization, body and experience, power and politics.
The aim of the course is three-fold:
1) It teaches students to reflect on the importance of the difference between scientific paradigms: How do we see the world and knowledge production, and what difference does our way of seeing makes for our conclusions and results?
2) It provides students with a broad selection of topics and approaches to the study of science and technology.
3) It teaches students to critically and reflectively apply theoretical concepts to discuss empirical phenomena related to technology and science.
Formal prerequisitesStudents should be able to:
- Understand foundational concepts from Science & Technology Studies
- Formulate research questions
- Search for and cite literature
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify and account for key positions in philosophy of science.
- Present relevant concepts from the curriculum accurately, and critically use these concepts in an investigation of selected empirical issues.
- Analyze a selected science and technologies theory with a particular emphasis on the interactions between IT, the general BSc subject area, and the broader context
- Reflect on a problem of interest that touches upon the relationships between IT and its context (may it be of political, ethical, philosophical, historical, or societal nature) and develop interdisciplinary analytical skills.
Ordinary examExam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
C11: Submission of written work