Science, Technology and Society


This course aims at:

* (i) leading students to ask themselves crucial questions on the nature of the relationship between science, technology and society;

* (ii) leading students to think about their future work as engineers and about their rights and duties as citizens;

* (iii) increasing the students’ capacity of decision and adjustment in a changing world.


(i) specific capabilities to be developed:

* to understand the structure of technoscientific knowledge and its relations with social, economic, and cultural contexts;

* to master the fundamental concepts for the analysis of the interrelationship between science, technology and society.

 (ii) general capabilities to be implemented:

* to understand the dynamics of the relationship between science, technology and society;

* to build a critical memory on the role of science and technology in European society;
* to develop a sense of ethics and social responsibility;
*  to relate professional practice with the with active citizenship.

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Responsible teacher

José Luís Toivola Câmara Leme


Weekly - 6

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



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Peter Singer, One world - the ethics of globalization;  New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2002. 

Manjikian, Mary. Cybersecurity Ethics: an Introduction, Routledge, 2016

Julian Savulescu e Nick Bostrom, Human Enhancement, Oxford University Press, 2009

Mimi Sheller, Mobility Justice. The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes. London; Brooklyn, NY: Verso, 2018

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Subject matter

Globalization and Climate Challenges 

This module aims to address different aspects of the binomial globalization / climate challenges, in the multiple reflections that are presented today, in the agenda of a common commitment and options facing future generations.

Mobility and Justice

By working on cases of interactions between mobility and justice (racial, gender, social, migratory, climate), this module aims to stimulate critical thinking about the socio-technical systems that govern mobilities


The objects we use in our everyday lives are becoming increasingly intelligent, autonomous and connected.  This gives rise to new risks and new threats. In this module we will analyse the social and political implications of cybersecurity issues, thus outlining a critical and a responsible approach to the relations between science, technology and society.


Human Enhancement

This course aims to introduce and debate the social and ethical implications of human enhancement technologies. It also intends to promote reflection on the role of science and technology in the construction of the future.