2016 History of Technology B

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakajima Hideto 
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Mon1-2(S222)  Thr1-2(S222)  
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Course description and aims

This course argues the development of technology from the ancient to just before the Industrial Revolution. It is to understand technology as the basis of society, and to know the people who supported technology.

Student learning outcomes

1) Students should become to be able to explain the outline of the nature of ancient technology.
2) Students should become to be able to explain the outline of the nature of technology in the middle ages.
3) Students should became to be able to give simple explanation about the difference of technology above and techno-science.


stone age, bronze age, mega-technic, technology in ancient Rome, Industrial Revolution in the Middle ages, Leonard da Vinci, guild

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

At the beginning of every class, I give short explanation on questions of comment sheets of the former lecture, then start lecture of the day. After Q & A, students make comment sheet.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The beggining of technology use of technology by animals, stone age
Class 2 Periodization of ancient technology through materials Thomsen, stone age, bronze age, iron age
Class 3 New stone age revolution Gordon Childe, the givinning of the civilization
Class 4 Mega-technic Emergence of large scale technology, Lewis Mumford
Class 5 Technology in Greek philosophy Plato and Aristotle
Class 6 Roman technology Infrastractual technology as aquaducts and roads
Class 7 The emergence of technology books De architectura of Vitrvius
Class 8 The limit of ancient technology Use of waterwheel for milling
Class 9 Technology during Hellenism Machnes of Hero
Class 10 technology in Arabic world Peper making
Class 11 Industrial Revolutin on the Middle Age Advancement of agricultural technology, and the development of mines.
Class 12 Reformation of powers Multipul use of waterwheels
Class 13 Leonard da Vinci Make comments on the video program 'The life of Leonard da Vinci
Class 14 The change of the people who support technology Guild and superior artisan
Class 15 The way to modern technology Wrapping up


Hideto Nakajima, Science in Society (in Japanese), NHK Books

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Please see referenced books in the text book above.

Assessment criteria and methods

Final exam 70%, comment sheet at the end of lectures 30%

Related courses

  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basic knowledge of high school level world history

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