180070 VO Introduction to Philosophy of Technology (2020W)
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Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Content delivered in the lectures + lecture slides
Coeckelbergh, Mark. Introduction to Philosophy of Technology. Oxford University Press. 2019.
Recommended literature on Moodle (not obligatory!)
At the end of the course students should have excellent knowledge of the main themes and approaches and be able to apply these to specific issues and technologies/media, taking into account actual discussions about technology.
Written, open book exam via Moodle: mini essay
Students are allowed to use all the material provided via Moodle (according to good scientific practice, see info sheet on Moodle) in order to complete the task. Thus, the focus is not on the reproduction of knowledge but on the critical discussion of the approaches and texts that have been discussed in the lecture and on the application of these to specific issues and technologies/media.
➢ Assessment scale
The candidate makes a very original contribution to thinking about the particular theme and technology/media they have chosen by applying the course material and even moves beyond the material provided. They eloquently articulate their own thesis and ideas about this philosophical issue. Their arguments are clear and convincing and the essay is coherent and well-structured. 1
The candidate knows how to apply the theory about philosophy of technology in a very good way. They successfully use the material offered in the course to analyse and discuss the philosophical problem and technology/media. In general, the essay is coherent and convincing. Minor shortcomings mainly consist in a lack of originality and coherence. 2
The candidate can apply the theory about philosophy of technology in a satisfactory manner. They use the material offered in the course to analyse and discuss the philosophical problem and technology/media but various aspects could be improved in terms of originality, clarity and coherence. 3
The candidate shows some kind of knowledge related to the course and their application of the theory to the technology and issue they have chosen is appropriate. In general, however, good and convincing arguments are missing. The student rather reproduces their knowledge from the course than presenting their own thesis and arguments with regard to the essay task. 4
The student does not show sufficient knowledge about the course content and fails to apply the theory about philosophy of technology to a particular technology/medium and philosophical issue. The essay lacks convincing arguments, clarity, coherence and a clear relation to the course.
You must be correctly REGISTERED for this exam VIA U:SPACE!
At the given starting time of the exam, the exam sheet, including the essay task, will be uploaded to Moodle at the top of the section “Exam”. You can then download the exam sheet (as Word Doc) and will be asked to fill in your student details (see cover sheet below) and to complete the essay task. → for further details see info sheet on Moodle!