Credits: 3

Schedule: 19.02.2018 - 04.04.2018

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course outline central elements of industrial and technological change in a historical perspective and provides an introduction to conceptual models used to understand this development. A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
•    outline key turning points in the history of industrial and technological change
•    describe central elements and events of past industrial and technological revolutions
•    assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of various concepts and models to explain historical examples of industrial and technological change
•    use conceptual models of technological and industrial change to provide interpretations of historical and contemporary events

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course combines a historical survey of the industrial and technological revolutions from ancient times until the present with an explanation of central concepts used by historians to explain industrial and technological change such as industrial revolutions, path-dependence, technological determinism, technological momentum, technological paradigm, technopolitical regimes, invention vs innovation, linear model of industrial change, development blocks, social construction of technology, consumption junctions, large technical systems, sociotechnical systems, actor-network theory, national systems of innovation, sociotechnical affordances and sociotechnical transition pathways.

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-0.4750 Industrializing revolutions

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):