Course Content

The Honours Programme Master consists of one extra (collective) interdepartmental course per semester and a separate departmental programme, to be followed during the course of your Masters Programme. How many courses you are required to take within your departmental programme depends upon the programme you and your HPM coach have decided. These requirements can be obtained from the contact person of your faculty.

The interdepartmental courses are exclusively open to participants in the Honours Track and designed to gratify the participants’ curiosity rather than simply extend their regular course programmes. They provide you with the unique chance of developing yourself broadly and enable you to take interest in scientific, societal, cultural, philosophical and current themes. Inspiring professors and lecturers organize classes in which a theme will be approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. Next to this you will take part in small discussion groups with fellow students or you will conduct your own research.

The collective part is for all honours track students, from all faculties. It consists of one mandatory course: Critical Reflection on Technology.

Course content of Critical Reflection on Technology

Phase 1
During the first phase there will be 7 class meetings in which we discuss primary philosophical texts. These texts are fun texts: they are engaging and make you think. They should be read in advance. Topics vary from the nature of consciousness (and how this can be studied from an engineering perspective), to the riddle what it is that morality demands from us and the question how to tell whether a dog or a cat is a rational creature (or not). The goal is to get acquainted with different styles of thinking and to discuss subject matters in class.

Phase 2
In the second phase, each student will write an individual paper which will be presented and defended during a debate at the end. The choice of subject of the paper is free, within bounds: preferably relating to one’s individual honours program. There will be a jury of two DUT prominents and one of our lecturers. Most important is the argumentative quality of the paper. Length: max. 3000 words. In order to facilitate the writing of this paper, the second phase will be structured as follows:

  1. Individual essay supervision (2 meetings per student with the supervisor who reads the first and second versions and provides feed back).
  2. Test presentation.
  3. Presentations and discussion (final debate).

Study goals
The ability to form an independent, well argued position with regards to ethical and methodological problems that concern the professional practice of engineers.

Students must be able to formulate their position in a thorough and clear way in English, in written form but also orally.