Universität Wien FIND

180034 SE Money as Medium and Technology (2017S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 45 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 09.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 09.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Wednesday 26.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 26.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3B NIG 3.Stock
Thursday 27.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal 3D, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. III/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 27.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal. 2H NIG 2.Stock
Thursday 27.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
Friday 28.04. 13:15 - 18:15 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 04.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Hörsaal 2G, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/2.Stock, 1010 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

Financial media and technologies receive little attention in philosophy of technology and media; yet they play a significant role in society and in people's lives. Using Simmel but also work in media theory and philosophy of technology, this course will discuss the ethical and social aspects of money and other financial media and technologies, with a specific focus on electronic forms of money and automation in trade in the context of global finance. We will also explore how contemporary techno-financial developments might be resisted or re-oriented in a more ethical and responsible direction.


Teaching is not only about content but also about process and environment, about how we learn together in a course. It is part of my teaching policy to try to make educational processes and environments as participatory and inclusive as possible. I aim at reducing discrimination against people who are less likely to be heard in discussions and, more generally, within the academic context. I explicitly aim to create an educational environment that is supportive of equal treatment of people of all genders, all language levels, all ethnicities, all social backgrounds, introverts, extroverts and others. Everyone should feel welcome in my courses, and everyone is encouraged to participate. I also welcome feedback on my teaching and aim at creating a friendly, interactive, and professional academic learning environment.

Assessment and permitted materials

In the first session students will be introduced to the topic and the recent literature in the field. The course will be assessed by means of student presentations, regular attendance and significant participation in discussions, commentaries on the literature, and a short essay at the end of the course (max. 3000 words).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Knowledge of the recent literature on the topic and ability to critically engage with the problems discussed in the course.

Examination topics

Lecture, literature reading and discussion. (In English)

Reading list

The main text for this course is Coeckelbergh, M, Money Machines. Ashgate, 2015. Other literature will be provided via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

BA M 7.2
MA Ethik M02 C, E
UF PP 08
PP § 57.3.7

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