History of Science

2019-2020

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 version
of the same history.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and short assignments. Optional quizzes helping to study; extra
curricular activities for more in depth info.

Method of Assessment

Written exam; assignments yield a bonus of 1 point if all six
assignments are graded and the average score is 6 or better.

Literature

Required reading: Martin Campbell-Kelly, Computer: a history of the
information machine,
Westview Press (2014).
Optional extra literature is available on the Canvas site.

Target Audience

Bachelor students in Computer Science, AI and IMM.

Additional Information

More information with the course coordinator: room U-252,
d.j.beckers@vu.nl

Explanation Canvas

All info about the course is available through Canvas. The "Modules"
page offers a chronological overview of the lectures, indicating when to
prepare what, and optional extras.

Recommended background knowledge

none

General Information

Course Code X_400318
Credits 3 EC
Period P5
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Examiner dr. D.J. Beckers
Teaching Staff dr. D.J. Beckers

Practical Information

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