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.
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
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|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
Please see referenced books in the text book above.
Final exam 70%, comment sheet at the end of lectures 30%
Basic knowledge of high school level world history
Changing theme of lectures may happen taking last years experience into consideration. Please see lecture plan on OCW before you register.