2017 History of Technology C

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Humanities and social science courses
Nakajima Hideto 
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Mon3-4(S322)  Thr3-4(S322)  
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Course description and aims

This lecture argues how science and technology merged and ahow they changed into techno-science, and it tries to elucidate what is techno-science. It also focuses on the historical formation of industrial society to set the basis to think about how techno-science should be in the twenty first century.

Student learning outcomes

1)Students should become to be able to explain the diferrence of science, technology and techno-science by their own words.
2)Students should become to be able to explain the difference of the society under industrial revolution and that of mass production/ consumption by their own words.
3) Students should become to be able to have their own opinion about how techno-science of the twenty first century shoule be.


science, technology, techno-science, Industrial Revolutin, Great Exhibition 1851, American System, Ford System, industrial laboratory, national research institute

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 Techno-science and industrial society Decision to entry
Class 2 Industrial Revolution 1 Industrial revolution and textile machines
Class 3 Industrial Revolution 2 Understading of the role of water mill and steam engine in the Industrial Revolution
Class 4 The Great Exhibition 1851 The greeat Exhibition and the crisis of the British Industry
Class 5 The birth of Ammerican System What is American System?
Class 6 The age of steel The relationship between the Industrial Revolution and steel
Class 7 American dream and technology Cntribution of Edison and Carnegie
Class 8 Mass production What is Ford System
Class 9 Massacre and technology Social change through mass production
Class 10 Scientific management Taylor System
Class 11 From science and technology to techno-science What is science-based industry
Class 12 The age of engineers Scientists in industry
Class 13 Nation states and techno-sciennce The emergence of science in universities and of national research institute
Class 14 Cold War and linear model Bush model
Class 15 What is techno-science 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

Office hours

Look at the display on the office door


Changing theme of lectures may happen taking last year experience into consideration. Please check OCW lecture plan before you register. Last year, group work with small number of students was very popular.

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