Checking date: 09/07/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Culture and Technology
Study: Bachelor in Science, Technology and Humanities (374)


Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
No requirements
To know the differences and influences between technological change and cultural change. To become familiar with the major technological transitions To become familiar with the concepts of material culture
Skills and learning outcomes
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Description of contents: programme
Part I. Theoretical aspects of technology as a cultural form. - Cultural evolution and technical evolution - Dimensions of the technical control of reality: matter, energy and information. - Technological revolutions and paradigms and economic and social transitions. - The controversy over technological determinism in history. Part II. The great transitions in the relationship between technology and culture. - Technical culture and homo sapiens: from lithic cultures to the neolithic revolution. - Writing as information technology - The material culture of modernity - Steam and electricity: energy technologies and romantic culture - Modernism and the Second Industrial Revolution - The miniaturization of artifacts and the technologies of domestic and everyday life - Information technologies and the digitization of the world - The fourth industrial revolution
Learning activities and methodology
TRAINING ACTIVITY Directed activity: Theoretical classes: 33 hours, 1,32 ECTS credits, Learning outcomes 6,4,2,5, Guided learning exercises: 16 hours, 0,64 ECTS credits, learning outcomes 7,1,3,6,4,2,5. Supervised activity: Tutorials and work supervision: 4.25 hours, 0.17 ECTS credits, Learning outcomes 7,1, 3. Autonomous activity: Work elaboration and personal study 92.75, ECTS credits 3.17, Learning outcomes: 7.1,6,4,4,2,4
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • George Basalla. La evolución de la tecnología. Alianza editorial. 1988
  • Hans Blumenberg. Historia del espíritu de la técnica. Pre-Textos. 2013
  • Jacques Le Goff. Por otra Edad Media: tiempo, trabajo y cultura. Taurus. 2020
  • Javier de Lorenzo. Un mundo de artefactos. Trotta. 2020
  • Lewis Mumford. Técnica y Civilización . Pepitas de Calabaza. 1934
  • Lewis Mumford. El pentágono del poder. Pepitas de calabaza. 1964
  • Lewis Mumford. Arte y técnica. Pepitas de calabaza. 1952
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Additional Bibliography
  • David Edgerton. The shock of the old. Profile Books. 2008
  • George Basalla. The evolution of technology . Cambridge University Press. 1989
  • Ian McNeill. An Encyclopedia of the History of Technology. Routledge. 1990
  • Jared Diamond. Armas, gérmenes y acero. DeBolsillo. 2016
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