Netherlands, Utrecht (NL)

Man, Machine and Media

when 13 July 2015 - 17 February 2015
duration -20 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 1400

Man & Machine explores the relationship of Man & Machines (technology), in particular the computation and control of functionalities (e.g. through Cyber-Physical-Systems). During the course we critically and creatively research the main developments and changes that new (media) technologies and digital cultures have on life expectations and on the concept of human identity and how we develop. We consider technology to facilitate the development and enactment of communication systems and processes that serve the purpose of realizing objectives in knowledge, attitude and behavior.

Man, Machine & Media is a summer course that explores the relationship as one phenomenon and focuses in particular on computation and control of digital functionalities (e.g. through Cyber-Physical-Systems). During the course we critically and creatively explore the main developments and changes that new (media-) technologies and digital cultures have brought us and, indeed, will bring us. We research the impact different technologies have had and most likely will have on our lives and on the concept of human identity and how we develop.

Technologies facilitate the development and enactment of communication systems and processes that serve the purpose of realizing human objectives in knowledge, attitude and behavior. And this understanding of social relevance of technology bears the significance of being able to analyze, synthesize and relativize the phenomenon.

The course zooms in on a certain aspects that form the relation of Man, Machine & Media. Firstly we explore what (new media) technology is and then we look at the development of technology in the context of the current Zeitgeist. Subsequently we move from theory to practice by researching the design principles of technology and viability of certain technologies.

Technology, specifically that of digital application nowadays is ubiquitous. In this course we will explore its role through software and hardware in all shapes and sizes by deepening six philosophical themes:
1. The relationship between Man, Machine & Media
2. History of Man, Machine & Media
3. Experiments with Man, Machine & Media
4. Cybernetics and Cyber culture
5. Modeling Man, Machine & Media
6. Ethics of Man, Machine & Media

Course leader

Kees Winkel

Target group

The course has been developed for bachelors who want to deepen their insights in the relationship of Man, Machine & Media; people who understand the phase of transition we are experiencing and want to anticipate on these changes. So, if you deal with these changes in your daily activities, this course will help you gain the insights necessarily to approach the new era effectivly.

Course aim

If we want to deploy new media technologies to our benefit, enriching human life, we must research their impact on our lives, learn how to design these technologies and understand how to control them. This course strives to gain fundamental theoretical knowledge in the domain of the new media technologies and researches the future practicalities of their deployment.

Results of participating in this course (earning objectives)
1. You have gathered the main theories and conceptions applicable in the domain of Man, Machine & Media,
2. You are able to construe the relation of Man, Machine & Media from different perspectives, using different factors,
3. You have developed a clear, arguable and professional standpoint about the development and social impact of the domain of Man, Machine & Media,
4. You can construe the ethical paradoxes and dilemmas in the exploitation of technology in every day life,
5. You understand the role and relevance of media in the relation of Man, Machine & Media,
6. You can apply the gained knowledge in your practice.

Credits info

5 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 1400: Course + course materials + housing + mealplan
EUR 920: Course + course materials

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School doesn't offer scholarships for this course.

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