2017 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences16:History of Technology

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Nakajima Hideto 
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Course description and aims

This lecture is to consider what kind of role science and technology should take. For this purpose, we see through the essence of history of science and technology from the ancient period.

Student learning outcomes

Students should get basic knowledge to deliver multiple views relating to the issues of science and technology as experts.


science, technology, society, history

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

You will get an hour lecture, then we move on group discussions on the topic. You submit a short report at the end of each lecture.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance: The beginning of science and technology Short report on the meaning of the words of science and technology
Class 2 Technology in the ancient world Short report on the common feature of ancient Roman and current technology
Class 3 Renaissance and medieval technology Short report on the background of Renaissance
Class 4 The Scientific Revolution Short report of the essence of the astronomical revolution
Class 5 Science and industry Short report on the influence of science on the industry
Class 6 The emergence of the Industrial Society Short report on the technological background of the Industrial Society
Class 7 Linear model Short report on the relationship between linear model and science policies
Class 8 Future of techno-science Understand the structure of this lecture to prepare exam


Hideto Nakajima, Science in Society, NHK Publication

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Assessment criteria and methods

Engagement to the class (attendance and reports) 70%, essay 30%

Related courses

  • LAH.T203 : History of Technology B
  • LAH.T303 : History of Technology C

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