2018 Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences16:History of Technology

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Nakajima Hideto  Fudano Jun  Shirabe Masashi  Takuwa Yoshimi  Bektas Yakup 
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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 look through the essence of history of science and technology from the ancient period to the modern.

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

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

Class flow

You will get about an hour lecture, then we move on to group discussions on the topic (if the number of attendants allow). 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 Understanding the academic meaning of the words of science and technology
Class 2 Technology in the ancient world Understanding the emergence of technology
Class 3 Leonard After watching a video program, we move on analyzing its contents
Class 4 The Scientific Revolution Understanding the change from the ancient science
Class 5 École polytechnique Engineering education
Class 6 The emergence of the Industrial Society Industrial Revolution, Mass production
Class 7 Marriage of science and technology Techno-science, engineers
Class 8 Linear model and the future of techno-science Techno-science in the 21st century


Hideto Nakajima, Science in Society (in Japanese), 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
  • LAH.T409 : Transdisciplinary studies 9:Science, Technology and Society:Basic

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Change of lecture style is possible according to the number of students. Anyway, your enthusiastic attendance is essential.

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