module 11: Reflection on design
In connection with a realistic design assignment, students will learn to develop a reflexive and critical attitude towards their own design work. The course teaches students how design can be seen as a bridge between science and society, involving scientific research, design methodology, and awareness of the relations between technology and society. To accomplish this, the course introduces students to the philosophy and ethics of technology and design, and their implications for design practice.
module 12: Reflection on research
This courses enables students to think critically and systematically about scientific research and its relations to technology. Students learn to translate a (technological) problem into a scientific research question, familiarize themselves with methodologies in scientific research, and learn to reflect on their own approaches and basic assumptions. They also get acquainted with different types and roles of scientific explanation; the formation and change of scientific concepts; scientific modeling; the role of experimentation, instrumentation and computer simulation in science; and the character of scientific disciplines and inter- or multi-disciplinary approaches to a problem. They also learn to critically reflect on the value (usefulness and relevance in a broader context) and validation of their scientific approaches.