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2016/2017 Universiteitsdienst Honours Programme Master
Critical Reflection on Technology
Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail
M.R. Alfano    M.R.Alfano@tudelft.nl
Dr. J.S. de Boer    J.S.deBoer@tudelft.nl
Dr. P.E. Vermaas    P.E.Vermaas@tudelft.nl
Dr. S.D. Zwart    S.D.Zwart@tudelft.nl
Course Coordinator
Name E-mail
P.W.T.M. Kauw    P.W.T.M.Kauw@tudelft.nl
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr. P.E. Vermaas    P.E.Vermaas@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
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Course Contents
PHASE 1: During the first phase there will be 7 class meetings in which we discuss primary philosophical texts. These are provocative texts: they are engaging and (should) make you think. They have to be read in advance. Topics vary from the nature of scientific knowledge and how to use it in solving societal poblems, to the riddle what it is that morality demands from us. The goal is to get acquainted with different styles of thinking and to discuss subject matters in class.

PHASE 2: In the second phase, each student will write an individual paper which may be chosen to be presented and defended during a debate at the end. The choice of subject of the paper is in principle free but we advice to take a subject that is related to one's individual honours program or technology in general. There will be a jury of two Delft University of Technology prominents and one of our lecturers. Most important is the argumentative quality of the paper. Length: 2500-3000 words. In order to facilitate the writing of this paper each student will be assigned a tutor.

The second phase is structured as follows:
1. Individual essay supervision (2 meetings per student with the tutor who reads the first and second versions and provides feed back).
2. Test presentation (of selected papers).
3. Presentation of selected papers and discussion (final debate).
Study Goals
The ability to form an independent, well argued position with regards to ethical or methodological problems (preferably concerning technology in general or the professional practice of engineers more in particular).
Education Method
PHASE 1: Lectures/Workshops
PHASE 2: Tutorials = Individual thesis supervision.
Debate: presentation + defense.

Participation at the lectures and the debate is obligatory; in exceptional cases students are allowed to skip at most one lecture of the whole course.
The assessment will be based on the paper and the participation in the discussions during the lectures. The final result will be either pass or not-pass.