About the course
In what ways can technological innovations contribute in the work with and for sustainability? Which future scenarios are probable and desirable?
The course begins with historical examples of the relationship between society and technology, and representations of technology in popular culture. After the introduction a number different themes are discussed such as the possibilities and limitations of technology, renewable energy, risk assessment, mobility, high and low tech futures, information technology, social media and copyright issues. The course process also focuses on the interdisciplinary dialogue where technological, natural scientific perspectives meet philosophical, political and cultural perspectives. Lectures, seminars, literature and examination aims to create a better understanding of our relationship to the surrounding technological world.
Spring 2016 weeks 03-22 (mid january – beginning of june) – mixed – 25% – Distance learning
Application Deadline: 2015-10-15 (Late application from 2015-12-15)
Enrolment Code: UU-69509 Application
Language of Instruction: English
Location for Studies: Uppsala
Selection: Higher education credits
Entry Requirements: University studies 60 credits/equivalent
Fees: Application and tuition fees are required for students outside the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Application Fee: SEK 900. Tuition fee, first semester: 16250. Tuition fee, total: 16250.
The course starts with a course introduction and ends with final paper presentations in Uppsala, both weekend sessions are mandatory. Recorded lectures and films are viewed on the web. Participants then discuss these and course literature in groups, via an online forum or any physical location of their choice. Individual reflections will be written continuously during the different parts of the course. The course concludes with individually or collectively authored final paper. A computer and internet access is required to take part of the online material and to participate in the discussions. Course coordinators are contacted through email.
Contact us at jakob.grandin[a]csduppsala.uu.se
Online videos, readings and tasks
- Nye, David E., “Technology matters: questions to live with”, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2006.
- Hulme, Mike, “Can Science Fix Climate Change?: A Case Against Climate Engineering”, John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
Some common questions
Course Introcution 2016-01-18
For those of you that missed the course intro (with a valid reason) or if want to go back to some of the things we covered here’s the video and outline of the session. We have also added two videos on metaskills and the education system connected to the Learning Assessment form you filled out at the end. Thanks to everybody that came and contributed to the course intro!
Watch the archived course intro here: https://bambuser.com/channel/cemus
1. Course information
2. Group formation
3. Introducing ourselves
4. Video discussion
5. Quote from course literature discussion
Read/download: Learning Assessment for Students
Welcome to Technology, Power and the Future of Humanity spring 2016!
On this page you will find updated information about the schedule, course readings, examination and other information that might be necessary, Make sure to check this page regularly!
All the best
Jakob & Daniel