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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
GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVES:
The aim of the course is to establish an understanding of the mutual shaping of societal change and technological & industrial change and the various social, cultural and political factors that has influenced industry and technology as professional activities and societal phenomena.
The importance of various factors will be illustrated by the study and analysis of historical examples across a range of fields of technology and industry innovation giving the student a greater understanding and critical appreciation of technological and industrial change as societal processes.
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. It have a global coverage with a focus on the Western world.
Two 90 min lecture/discussions/group work sessions per week consisting of 7 lectures and 6 lab-sessions. Lecture attendance and accepted written weekly assignments. Regular attendance on Mondays required. Absences may be made up by completing assignments consisting of summarizing each of the three readings for the lab session in 380 ±50 words for each text, i.e three summaries in total of about 1.000 words.
The course is graded Pass/Fail. To pass the course the student has to submit written assignments and attend lab-sessions. A missed lab-session or late question set can be compensated for with compensation assignments.
For 3 ECTS:
Submitt 5 lab-question sets of three questions each (a,b,c) and attend 5 lab-sessions
For 5 ECTS:
Submitt 5 lecture-question sets of two questions each (A,B).
Submitt 5 lab-question sets of three questions each (a,b,c) and attend 5 lab-sessions.
For 6 ECTS:
Submitt 6 lecture-question sets of two questions each (A,B).
Submitt 6 lab-question sets of three questions each (a,b,c) and attend 5 lab-sessions.
Submitt an essay (10.000 characters) on a topic agreed upon with the teacher