CPT-15303 Science, Technology and Society


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work20
Course coordinator(s)drs. LFP Pijnenburg
Lecturer(s)S Nasiri
drs. LFP Pijnenburg

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This course focuses on the relationship and mutual influences between (agricultural) science, technology and society. The aim of this course is the analysis of and the expression of opinion (-s) in complex societal questions in the field of agricultural and technical sciences in general, with emphasis on the socio-technical sciences in an international context. How to deal with normative questions in a scientific and technological context, as well as the responsibilities of scientists are central themes in this respect. In addition, students get insight in and experience with basic principles of ethics and will practice several methods how to deal with ethical dilemmas.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand different concepts of science and technology;
- understand the normative and cognitive content of socio-technical sciences;
- position oneself vis-à-vis different ideas of science and technology;
- analyse normative aspects of science and technology by means of ethical tools;
- participate in debates on science, technology and society.


- lectures;
- participation in discussion & working groups;
- analysis of current societal problems;
- writing and presenting a group paper;
- writing an individual essay.


Test 40%, Group presentation 20%, Group essay ethics 40%.


Course guide and reader.

Compulsory for: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2MO