History of Science

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History of Science

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    2
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    Students acquire knowledge about the history of computing from various perspectives: computing as a scientific goal, computing as a government (administrative or military) objective / ideal, computing as an economic enterprise. Students acquire knowledge about the meanings digital culture has for various people in contemporary society. Thereby students will be better equipped to reflect on their subject of study.

    COURSE CONTENT
    Various subjects from the history of computing will be treated. Several highlights will be discussed and placed within the social context of its time. By discussing these highlights from several points of view the history of computer (or information) science will serve as a way to illustrate the various roles of computing in society. The book by Campbell-Kelly will serve as an outline, and during the lectures this story will be complemented by presenting a European oriented version of the same history.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures and short assignments.

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam (90%); assignments (10%)

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