751-1070-00L  Value-based Design Approach for Emerging Technologies (University of Zurich)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersUniversity lecturers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNo enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at UZH as an incoming student.
UZH Module Code: 10SMVBD

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751-1070-00 SValue-based Design Approach for Emerging Technologies (University of Zurich)
**Course at University of Zurich**
20s hrsUniversity lecturers

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AbstractTechnological innovation and emerging technologies may enable or disrupt environmental, economic or societal improvements. A responsible way forward considers values in the development of the technologies. The blended-learning course with face-to-face block course elements, self- learning phases and case studies is at the intersection between technology ethics and value-sensitive design.
ObjectiveStudents will
- Be informed about the ethical considerations associated with the use and development of new and emerging technologies in different settings of our society.
- Learn how ethical reflection and value statements can provide guidance for future research and design decisions.
- Apply a value-based design process to emerging technologies and applications in their research.
- Get to know the value-based design approach.
ContentBlock 1 (8 hours)
Day 1 (face-to-face): An introduction to the notions of ethics and values in the context of technological innovation. An introduction to the value-sensitive design framework (VSD) will conclude the first session.

Block 2 (8 hours)
Day 2 (face-to-face): An introduction to the value-based design approach (VBD).

In between:
Self-study session (20 hours): Self-guided in the OLAT environment: webinars and online course material on key knowledge points.
Group work (20 hours): Participants will apply the value-based design approach to a technology application or an innovation project of their choice in a small group.

Final Half-Day (4 hours)
Day 3: Individual presentation of own project, using the tools and approaches introduced and exercised during the course in a pitch to a jury.
Prerequisites / NoticeGood Englisch Skills are necessary.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationRegistration modalities, date and venue of the performance assessment are specified solely by the UZH.

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