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The History of Technological Development in Society
Краткое описание курса (outline).
План курса (syllabus).
Требования к уровню знаний студентов (prerequisites).
Тип экзамена (тест, письменная работа, устный экзамен и т.д.)
Humans interact with each other and the world through technology - that is the use of materials, energy, tools, and complex machines. Technology has been designed and created to serve human needs and desires. Also, tough, technology has itself shaped human co-existence and societies and became a defining feature of human existence.
Starting from the Industrial Revolution at the end of the 18th century, this course discusses technology as the outcome of particular technical, historical, cultural, and political efforts in Europe, Russia and the US during the 19th and 20th centuries. The focus rests on societal consequences triggered through technological change and the influence of societal change to technological possibilities due to the bidirectional nature of this relationship.
The course discusses a number of historical examples of technological developments and societal changes, like the introduction of modern means of communication. It also analyzes the emergence of modern management and the creation and development of new professions.
In the course, students will
- study episodes of technological and societal development in mechanization, communications, electronics, computers, power & energy, or military technology;
- familiarize with concepts of “technological lock-in”, serendipity-effects and unintended consequences and
- discuss ethical and moral issues associated with technological choices.
Module Topic class hours Lecture/Seminar
Industrial Revolution The social, economic, geographic and technological environment; Urbanization 4 Lecture
Technology and War Technology and War 4 Seminar
Technology and accidents Chernobyl, Challenger and Columbia 4 Seminar
Communication and Globalization Telephony and Radio – the individualization of communication 4 Lecture
Patents and the commercialization of knowledge: Technology diffusion and Industrial Espionage 4 Lecture
Internet and the rise of social networks From early main-frames to mobile devices 4 Seminar
The software revolution and the rise of silicon valley 4 Lecture
From early main-frames to mobile devices 4 Lecture
The rise of the gaming industry 4 Seminar
Total 36 Prerequisite
Please see the reading list
Dr. Thomas W. Thurner is Research Professor at the Laboratory of Economics of Innovation, HSE and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in technology management in international firms and is interested in how technology has shaped the course of history and the development of societies.
written exam (60 minutes multiple choice exam), essay and presentation of essay.