As an institute of science and technology, ETH Zurich aims through its Science in perspective program to develop students’ capacity for critical thinking in its fullest sense.
The courses in the Science in Perspective provide a context for the knowledge that the students have acquired throughout their education. Participants master the schools of thought and systematic approaches to the humanistic and social sciences, and increase their ability to form critical judgments and to argue persuasively.
The most important SIP course in the Chair for History of Technology is the WebClass Introductory Course History of Technology. This course deals with the themes such as technology and association, technology as dream machine, technology as nightmare, technology and society, and technology and innovation. In so doing, the course also naturally touches on areas such as the history of atomic technology, Internet history and the history of electrification in Switzerland.
Students will become familiar with history of technology perspectives. They will learn to precisely formulate these perspectives, differentiate between them and to take a position. They will master the elements of argumentation based on the triad assert – justify – prove. In addition, they will develop a feel for working with historical source materials.
The Master of History and Philosophy of Knowledge is an interdisciplinary course that offers in-depth knowledge of the history of the modern world, history of science and technology, and of philosophy, and literary and cultural studies. Over the two-year program, students acquire the skills required to apply social and cultural science methods to research on the production of science and technology in a changing society specific to a selected field of study (for example, energy technology, neuroscience or applied mathematics). For questions on the Master of Arts in History and Philosophy of Knowledge please contact Benita Cserépy.