Course detail

History and Philosophy of Technology

FEKT-MFITAcad. year: 2019/2020

The subject History and Philosophy of Technology represents an introduction into the particular stages of development of the material culture, crafts and the technology, in steps from the earliest times across the antiquity until the end of the 19th century. The stress is laid especially on the most decisive chapters of the history of engineering development, such as the helenistic mechanics, the industrial revolution, the beginnings and the use of electrical energy and telecommunications. All the above is complemented with cultural, philosophical and religious context of the respective period.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The information transferred should provide the students with the knowledge about the amazing drama hidden behind an apparently cold and non-personal phenomenon of technology. The purpose is to establish links to the specific engineering subjects and to other branches of the culture.

Prerequisites

The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.

Co-requisites

Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Lewis Mumford: Technika a civilisace
Samuel Lilley: Stroje a lidé v dějinách
J.D. Bernal: Věda v dějinách
Conrad Matschoss: Velcí inženýři
František Jílek a kol.: Světové vynálezy v datech
František Jílek: Zrození velkých vynálezů
Karel Zeithammer: Vývoj techniky

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is based on lectures, integral part of the lectures are dicsussion with students on the given topics..

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Requirements for completion of a course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every.

Language of instruction

Czech

Work placements

Not applicable.

Aims

The target of the subject is to get the students familiar with the history of technology and the circumstances, in which the most important innovations began, as well as with the philosophy and ethical issues of the technology and engineering activities.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-BEI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-TIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-KAM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EVM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-MEL , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-SVE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EEN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-BEI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-TIT , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-KAM , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EVM , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EST , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-MEL , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-SVE , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge
    branch M1-EEN , 2. year of study, summer semester, 2 credits, general knowledge

Type of course unit

 

Lecture

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer