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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2020/2021
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Docente Volonte' Paolo Gaetano
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare
Didattica innovativa L'insegnamento prevede  5.0  CFU erogati con Didattica Innovativa come segue:
  • Soft Skills

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (477) ENERGY ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ENERGETICA*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
055808 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (478) NUCLEAR ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA NUCLEARE*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (479) MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA GESTIONALE*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - BV (483) MECHANICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA MECCANICA*AZZZZ055931 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (263) MUSIC AND ACOUSTIC ENGINEERING*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (471) BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA BIOMEDICA*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (475) ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA ELETTRICA*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (486) ENGINEERING PHYSICS - INGEGNERIA FISICA*AZZZZ055808 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
Ing Ind - Inf (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (487) MATHEMATICAL ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA MATEMATICA*AZZZZ055807 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES
055808 - EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND SOCIETAL CHALLENGES

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

The course aims at cultivating a critical approach to the understanding of technology and innovation. Particularly, it aims at showing how the decision to develop a technology (meant at large), the processes of its design, development, management, control, and production are inherently social. It is intended to give students a chance to reflect on the ethical, social, and cultural impact of technological applications.

The impact of emerging technologies will be addressed focusing on some key features of innovation: complexity, cultural variables, non-linear character, ethical implications. The first module will address the basic terminology of innovation studies and some fundamental issues of technological innovation. General aim is to show that innovation is not a linear process that can be designed and driven, but a complex one. The second module will address more in details some specific issues raised by emerging technologies. By adopting an interactive and participatory approach the second module will allow time for discussion, cross-fertilization and feedback on specific societal challenges related to emerging technologies.


Risultati di apprendimento attesi

Dublin Descriptors

Expected learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will:

  • Acquire a broad perspective on the ethical and social impacts and implications of science and technology;
  • Learn how to recognize and analyze ethical and social aspects and issues inherent in emerging technologies;
  • Be able to understand how technical problems are inherently connected to a social dimension within a socio-technical perspective.

Applying knowledge and understanding

Students will:

  • Be able to use critical skills in clarifying and analyzing case-studies involving technology;
  • Be able to apply sociological theories to problems created, aggravated or transformed by current technologies;
  • Be able to explore and assess possibilities for addressing social problems generate by emerging technologies.

Making judgements

Students will be able:

  • To autonomously analyze the social impact of a technology and to develop a critical analysis on that;
  • To evaluate and select the appropriate knowledge in the effort of understanding and addressing social problems generated by technology.

Communication

Students will learn to:

  • Exercise and improve their skills in a critical writing;
  • Present in an effective way the results of their independent research, being able to justify their choices.

Lifelong learning skills

Students will:

  • Be better prepared to their future professional life in a socially responsible way;
  • Be able to analyze problems through a theoretical lens.

Argomenti trattati

In the first module, carried out in the form of lectures, major topics of innovation theories will be addressed: conceptual aspects (technology push vs. market pull innovation, radical and incremental innovation, innovation of product and process, etc.) and theoretical approaches (diffusion of innovations, models of innovation, technological determinism, agency of the objects and new materiality, practices and affordances, gender issues, etc.). The active participation of students during classes is strongly encouraged.

In the second module, based on case studies and theoretical interpretations, four fundamental but often neglected features of innovation processes will be highlighted: the role of users and social groups of reference; the agency of technological artifacts; Responsible Research and Innovation; digital fabrication. This part of the course will take the form of symposia, in which students will have to introduce and discuss some significant texts with respect to a specific theme ("flipped classroom" method).

It is however possible to take and pass the exam without attending classes (see below, "safeguard exam").


Prerequisiti

There are no pre-requisites for attendance.


Modalità di valutazione

Safeguard exam:

All students can take the exam in any official exam session of the course. This exam is oral and consists of an interview of about half an hour on the content of the texts listed in bibliography. The exam questions will aim to verify the knowledge acquired by the student and his/her ability to master the topics indicated and to treat them with a critical attitude.

Evaluation of students attending classes:

For students who are actively attending the course, a classroom exercise will be held at the end of the first module. The exercise is written and consists of answering two open questions concerning the topics discussed up to that point. The exercise is evaluated: the evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths and may, at the discretion of the student, contribute to the final grade (in which case there will be a corresponding reduction in the exam questions).

Students taking part in the group work during the second module will receive a special assessment, also expressed in thirtieths, which can, at the discretion of the student, contribute to the final grade.

Consequently, those who obtain positive marks both in the evaluated exercise and in the group work will be exempted from the oral exam.


Bibliografia
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaAdam Greenfield, Radical Technologies, Anno edizione: 2017
Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaEverett Rogers, Diffusion of Innovations, Anno edizione: 2003
Note:

Only chapter 1, "Elements of diffusion", pp. 1-38

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaJudy Wajcman, Domestic Technology: Labour Saving or Enslaving?, Anno edizione: 2010
Note:

Chapter of Technology and Values: Essential Readings, pp. 273-288.

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaF.W. Geels, Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes, Anno edizione: 2002
Note:

in "Research Policy" 31, pp. 1257-1274

Risorsa bibliografica obbligatoriaBruno Latour, Where are the missing masses?, Anno edizione: 1992
Note:

in Shaping technology/Building society: Studies in sociotechnical change, pp. 225-258


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Forme didattiche
Tipo Forma Didattica Ore di attività svolte in aula
(hh:mm)
Ore di studio autonome
(hh:mm)
Lezione
32:30
48:45
Esercitazione
17:30
26:15
Laboratorio Informatico
0:00
0:00
Laboratorio Sperimentale
0:00
0:00
Laboratorio Di Progetto
0:00
0:00
Totale 50:00 75:00

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Area Servizi ICT
22/09/2021