Technological innovation is a genuinely social process: people matter!
Technological innovation is a genuinely social process: people matter. New technologies are made, used and maintained by people. Conversely, technologies are shaping people, society, economy, politics, world views, and culture. Technologies and societies coevolve, currently, in the past, and in the future. In the form of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants of this course will learn how to understand, evaluate and shape this dynamic. The course is taught by an enthusiast team of governance and innovation scholars, philosophers, and historians from the University of Twente and international guest lecturers, e.g. from Colombia. When you leave Twente after ten days of intensive study and debate, you will have a clear view on the options and limitations of the conscious shaping of technology in society. We are more than looking forward to welcoming you on campus in August!
The course Governance and Ethics of Technology is led and coordinated by Andreas Weber, an Assistant Professor in the department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies of the University of Twente. He has a special interest in the long-term development of science and technology and digital heritage.
The course is divided in three larger sections:
- Understanding Technological Innovation: Introduction courses.
- Evaluating Technological Innovation: Case studies & analytical skills.
- Shaping Technological Innovation: A practioner’s perspective.
- Introduction to the fields of governance and innovation studies and ethics of new technologies. Our aim is to teach you how to understand innovation in society.
- Get acquainted and discuss core analytical concepts (e.g. co-evolution, socio-technical systems). In our lectures, we work with concrete examples from the fields of information technology (IT), data science, biodiversity and biotech, automation (robots), communication, health, and nanotechnology.
- Learn how to shape technological innovation: In the form of concrete technology assessment exercises (CTA), students will learn how to shape the course of new technologies in an early phase of their development.
- Get in touch with renown governance and innovation scholars from the University of Twente and abroad.
The full schedule can be found below.
The course is designed for everyone who is interested in learning more about social and ethical aspects of technological innovation. No prior knowledge in the field is necessary. The course is round off with a 2-page reflective report to be submitted at the last day of the course. More details about the final assignment will be announced during the first meeting. The course allows students to learn from and debate with a number of national and international governance and innovation scholars. Taken together the course gives a deep insight in a vibrant field of study and practice.
Leader and coordinator of this course is:
- Dr. Andreas Weber, long-term development of science and technology, digital heritage, University of Twente
Lecturers of this course are:
- Stefan Kuhlmann, head of the department for Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente
- Eduardo A. Rueda Barrera, director of the Instituto de Bioética, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
- Owen King, researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
- Margoth González Woge, philosophy of technology, smart cities, University of Twente
- Katrin Hahn, researcher in the EU project ‘Industrial Innovation in Transition’, University of Twente
- Jonne Hoek, researcher in the project ‘Theorizing Technological Mediation’, University of Twente
- Target group: advanced bachelor students, potential master students, interested PhD students
- Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school