Technology and the
Human Being

Technology & the Human Being is a profile within the Master's programme in Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Twente.

This profile focuses on how humans and technology influence and shape one another and on how changing design-use relations should be understood and anticipated. The Technology & the Human Being Profile consists of two courses:

  • Technically designing your future
  • Philosophy of mind, body and technology

Humans have always shaped and extended themselves by virtue of technical tools and artefacts. In our modern era, technology (microscopes, MRI scanners) has become an inherent part of scientific investigation and diagnosis, which in turn has an impact on our view of human nature. In this context, we will study how traditional boundaries between design and use are blurred in the interaction between the human actor and technological artefacts.

The rapid development of mind and body-enhancing technologies and their influence on human faculties such as rationality, self-consciousness, agency and autonomy is another important line of inquiry in this profile.


  • Understanding changing design-use relations
  • Imagining the future (on the basis of the past)
  • Future homes/cities
  • Forecasting
  • Mind and body-enhancing technologies
  • Autonomy and agency



In the first semester of the second year of the Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme at the University of Twente, you will take three mandatory courses (in quartile one) and two profile-related deepening courses (in quartile two). The Masterlab 1 (5 ECs) course will be taken in parallel to the two profile-related courses. 

Below you will find the course overview for year 2. 

Note: This is the course overview for the academic year 2015-2016. The schedule is subject to change. No rights may be derived from this information. 

Note: instead of choosing one profile, you also may opt for the so-called Free Profile, which may include a mix of mandatory and profile-related courses, and/or courses from inside or outside the PSTS programme. Compiling such a free profile requires approval from the Examination Board. For more information, please contact the programme staff


Learn more about the first year of the Master's programme Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society programme at the University of Twente:

starting deadlines & APPLICATION 

Check the application deadlines or directly proceed with the application procedure.

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