History of Science
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Computer Science, History
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units2
Hours & Credits
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.
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.
Lectures and short assignments.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Written exam (90%); assignments (10%)
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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