Chemical Engineering:

module 11: History, philosophy and ethics of science
This course enables students to reflect critically and systematically on the character of scientific knowledge and their work as chemical engineers, both from a philosophical and a historical perspective. They learn to translate a (technological) problem into a scientific research question; methodologies in scientific research and to reflect on their own approaches and basic assumptions; different types and roles of scientific explanation; the formation and change of scientific concepts, and scientific modeling; the role of experimentation, instrumentation and computer simulation in chemical engineering; the character of scientific disciplines and inter- or multi-disciplinary approaches to a problem, and the value (usefulness & relevance in a broader context) and validation of their scientific approaches. Beside this, they learn to address the ethical and societal aspects of their work and the implications and relevance of their research outcomes.