Credits: 3

Schedule: 31.10.2017 - 12.12.2017

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course provide an introduction to the historical development of science, technology and innovation and how to understand its interaction in the context of intellectual, cultural and political developments. A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
•    identify historical milestones in the development of science, technology and innovation and its connections to societal and cultural developments
•    outline the changing meanings and practices of science, technology and innovation throughout history
•    describe and assess historical situations where science, technology and innovation had a major impact on society and outline plausible alternative developments
•    articulate historically justified arguments on the social impact of science, technology and innovation

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course use historical case studies to give an introduction to key moments in the development of science, technology and innovation and its interaction with broader social, cultural and political developments. It starts in ancient times and charts how science, technology and innovation gradually were recognized as distinct entities and practiced by people who referred to themselves as scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs. It describe the emergence of the scientific and industrial revolutions and the professionalization of science and engineering and the entrance of university-trained scientists technologists into business corporations, academic laboratories and government institutions during the industrial and post-industrial eras. It have a global coverage with a focus on the Western world.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lecture attendance and accepted written weekly assignments.
Regular attendance required. Abscences may be made up by completing assignments agreed upon with the teacher.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course can be taken for 3, 5 or 6 credits with difference in the amount of independent work

Lectures/contact hours 24 h 
(2 x 2 h/week)
Preparing for lectures 11 h
Independent work: 46, 100 or 127 h
 for 3, 5 or 6 cr respectively (short written assignments to be submitted before weekly lectures)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be announced separately.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kon-0.4730 Cultural History of Technology

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):