History of Technology, 6 credits

Teknikhistoria, 6 hp

TGTU49

Main field of study

History

Course level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Björn Wallsten

Director of studies or equivalent

Maria Eidenskog

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 30 h
Recommended self-study hours: 130 h
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus ECV
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CYYI Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CYYY Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CMED Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6IKEA Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CKEB Chemical Biology (Industrial Biotechnology and Production) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CKEB Chemical Biology, M Sc in Engineering (Protein Science and Technology) 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CDDD Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CMJU Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CDPU Design and Product Development 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CIEN Electronics Design Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CEMM Energy-Environment-Management 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CTBI Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering (Devices and Materials in Biomedicine) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CTBI Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering (Industrial Biotechnology and Production) 9 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6IELK Engineering Electronics 5 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CITE Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E
6CMMM Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Swedish Linköping E

Main field of study

History

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G1X

Course offered for

  • Engineering Electronics
  • Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Design and Product Development
  • Energy-Environment-Management
  • Electronics Design Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Information Technology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Chemical Biology, M Sc in Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Chemical Biology
  • Engineering Biology, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Intended learning outcomes

This course provides fundamental knowledge and understanding of the long and complex historical process that has led to today‚s high technological society. Of particular significance is how the technological development constantly influences and is influenced by society‚s socio-economic development. In this way the course contributes to creating a bridge between the two scholarly traditions traditions from technology and the natural sciences and those from humanities and the social sciences.

Course content

A general introduction is followed by a chronological presentation of developments from pre-historical times to the Industrial Revolution. The last two centuries are primarily dealt with thematically. Here follow examples of areas that are treated in lectures and seminars: pre-historic technical developments; the ancient world stagnation or progress?; the Middle Ages dark or dynamic?; early forms of transmission of technology; technology and natural sciences in the early modern era; the mobilisation of new sources of power; development of the infrastructure: the Swedish mining and manufacturing communities; the growth of large, new technical systems; and the modern technological debate. The focus is on western development but with an eye towards (a glance at) other cultures.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures alternate with seminars on problem-oriented texts

Examination

HEM1Written examination6 creditsU, 3, 4, 5
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or ‘Pass’.
To receive the grade Pass, in addition to passing the written examination, active attendance at all seminars is required. If a student is absent from a seminar, a written analysis of the text for that seminar must be submitted

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Department

Institutionen för Tema

Director of Studies or equivalent

Maria Eidenskog

Examiner

Björn Wallsten

Course website and other links

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 30 h
Recommended self-study hours: 130 h

Course literature

Additional literature

Books

  • Edgerton, David, (2008) The shock of the old – Technology and global history since 1900
  • Hansson, Staffan, (2002) Den skapande människan – Om människan och tekniken under 5000 år
Code Name Scope Grading scale
HEM1 Written examination 6 credits U, 3, 4, 5
Grades are given as ‘Fail’ or ‘Pass’.
To receive the grade Pass, in addition to passing the written examination, active attendance at all seminars is required. If a student is absent from a seminar, a written analysis of the text for that seminar must be submitted

Regulations (apply to LiU in its entirety)

The university is a government agency whose operations are regulated by legislation and ordinances, which include the Higher Education Act and the Higher Education Ordinance. In addition to legislation and ordinances, operations are subject to several policy documents. The Linköping University rule book collects currently valid decisions of a regulatory nature taken by the university board, the vice-chancellor and faculty/department boards.

LiU’s rule book for education at first-cycle and second-cycle levels is available at http://styrdokument.liu.se/Regelsamling/Innehall/Utbildning_pa_grund-_och_avancerad_niva. 

Additional literature

Books

Edgerton, David, (2008) The shock of the old – Technology and global history since 1900
Hansson, Staffan, (2002) Den skapande människan – Om människan och tekniken under 5000 år

Note: The course matrix might contain more information in Swedish.

I = Introduce, U = Teach, A = Utilize
I U A Modules Comment
1. DISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE AND REASONING
1.1 Knowledge of underlying mathematics and science (G1X level)

                            
1.2 Fundamental engineering knowledge (G1X level)

                            
1.3 Further knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural science (G2X level)

                            
1.4 Advanced knowledge, methods, and tools in one or several subjects in engineering or natural sciences (A1X level)

                            
1.5 Insight into current research and development work

                            
2. PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES
2.1 Analytical reasoning and problem solving
X
X
X
HEM1

                            
2.2 Experimentation, investigation, and knowledge discovery
X
HEM1

                            
2.3 System thinking
X
HEM1

                            
2.4 Attitudes, thought, and learning
X
HEM1

                            
2.5 Ethics, equity, and other responsibilities
X
X
X
HEM1

                            
3. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: TEAMWORK AND COMMUNICATION
3.1 Teamwork

                            
3.2 Communications
X
X
X
HEM1

                            
3.3 Communication in foreign languages

                            
4. CONCEIVING, DESIGNING, IMPLEMENTING AND OPERATING SYSTEMS IN THE ENTERPRISE, SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT
4.1 External, societal, and environmental context

                            
4.2 Enterprise and business context

                            
4.3 Conceiving, system engineering and management

                            
4.4 Designing

                            
4.5 Implementing

                            
4.6 Operating

                            
5. PLANNING, EXECUTION AND PRESENTATION OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS WITH RESPECT TO SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL NEEDS AND REQUIREMENTS
5.1 Societal conditions, including economic, social, and ecological aspects of sustainable development for knowledge development

                            
5.2 Economic conditions for knowledge development

                            
5.3 Identification of needs, structuring and planning of research or development projects
X
HEM1

                            
5.4 Execution of research or development projects

                            
5.5 Presentation and evaluation of research or development projects

                            

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