History of Science

2019-2020
Dit vak wordt in het Engels aangeboden. Omschrijvingen kunnen daardoor mogelijk alleen in het Engels worden weergegeven.

Doel vak

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.

Inhoud vak

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.

Onderwijsvorm

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

Toetsvorm

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

Literatuur

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

Doelgroep

Bachelor students in Computer Science, AI and IMM.

Overige informatie

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

Toelichting 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.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

none

Algemene informatie

Vakcode X_400318
Studiepunten 3 EC
Periode P5
Vakniveau 200
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Examinator dr. D.J. Beckers
Docenten dr. D.J. Beckers

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