Philosophy of Science and Technology, DMD/B-DDIT
AbstractThe main outcome of the course is that students are equipped with an understanding of the most important concepts, themes and positions in philosophy of science, and how they relate to digital design and interactive technologies. Furthermore, the students should learn to reflect critically about how digital design and technology relate to the world at large.
The course provides the students with a vocabulary for thinking about and exploring what is science and what is not. Through the course the students familiarize themselves with concepts and theories of science and technology that allow them to critically examine the relationship with the subject area and society of the BSc programme in Digital Design and Interactive Technologies (BDDIT).
The main issue addressed is the articulation of some of the fundamental assumptions underpinning core areas of the B-DDIT programme, and more broadly the field of information technologies.
- Important positions in the philosophy of science
- Important positions in the philosophy of technology
- Paradigm shifts in science
- The concept of technology
- Actor Network Theory and Science and Technology Studies
- Phenomenology and post phenomenology.
- Design and sustainability
The student will gain a foundation for academic thinking that will expand the possibilities to develop as an academic student in digital design and interactive technologies, and also other related academic subjects. The student will learn to formulate an academic problem and investigate it through the philosophy of technology.
The course provides a basic introduction to philosophy of science and technology with special attention to IT.
The course will consist of a mix of general discussions of technology and a series of contemporary topics such as design and sustainability, computer ethics, big data, cyborg theory, surveillance and privacy, and values in design.
Formal prerequisitesThis course is a 3rd semester course on the BSc Digital Design and Interactive Technologies
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify and account for select key questions and theoretical positions in the philosophy of science.
- Account for relevant theoretical perspectives on technology with particular emphasis on how to use these concepts to understand relations between IT, the general BA subject area, and the broader context.
- Analyze and discuss a select issue exemplifying how IT and the broader context is interconnected (The issue may relate to e.g. political, ethical, philosophical, historical or societal issues, challenges or problems).
- Present relevant concepts from the curriculum precisely, and use these concepts in a well-argued manner in an investigation of the select problem.
The course is generally based on readings that are presented and discussed in the lecture. In the exercise sessions the students will discuss the readings and will be asked to do written exercises that will also be discussed. In the final exam report (10-12 pages) each student individually formulates a relevant question relating to philosophy of science and technology and discusses it with reference to central arguments from the syllabus. Preparations for class usually involve reading one to two articles and considering specific questions relating to the texts or other illustrations
The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.
Ordinary examExam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
C11: Submission of written work
Individual paper 10-12 pages.