Industrial Engineering and Management
module 1: Introduction to academic reflection
In order to lay a basis for further courses in Reflection on Science, Technology, and Society, students are familiarized with the close relations between science, technology, and society, in relation to the project they do in this module.
modules 2 and 3: Skills in argumentation
In order to enable students to think critically and reflexively, this course trains them in argumentation and critical thinking. Module 2 focuses on descriptive, module 3 on normative reasoning. The first part of each module focuses on critical reading, the second part on critical argumentation and writing by making use of argumentation schemes.
module 5: Conceptual analysis
This course aims to make students aware of the role and influence of concepts in argumentation, and offers exercises in different types of conceptual analysis. It enables students to be critical and reflexive in their reading and writing.
module 6: Logic and Socratic debate
In this joint module for IO, TBK, and WB, students are introduced to logic and to Socratic debate techniques that stimulate critical reflection.
module 7: Corporate social responsibility
Students learn to reflect on the goals and values of a business project, and on the ways in which product and business are embedded in a larger context, which involves science, technology, industry, and government. They develop a strategy to support the societal embedding of an innovation, and a well-argumented and balanced view on the relations between profit and social responsibility.
module 11: Ethics and science visions
Students develop the competence to give reasoned commentary on the value of various perspectives on science and ethics in general, and to indicate implications of knowing and acting in actual cases. In actual practices, actions are guided by knowledge, while scientific knowledge is employed for actions in various ways (like expertise, advice). In addition to individual professionals, company and government organizations are societal actors that can and have to account for their actions. This concerns scientific as well as social responsibilities. Students learn key concepts of ethics and professional responsibility.