BACHELORS AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING

UE Code : IM1-SSOL-HOME Academic year : 2016-2017

Information on the course unit

Program / Education :

Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering / Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering

Level :

First year of Master of Science in Engineering

Language(s) :

French

Studies organization

Credits :

2.00

Semester :

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Total Hours :

22.00 (Hours of teaching + individual study)

Details

Objectives :

- To develop critical thinking and open-mindedness, to be able to answer questions
- To develop complex reasoning on a subject at the interface of ethical, personal and societal issues
- To consider all the aspects of an issue raised, understand the logic at work (political, economic, social, etc.) with an intercultural approach
- To gain awareness of one’s own opinions
- To formulate (through classes, Seminars (TD), reading and research) individual critical thinking
- To be able to present ideas clearly and logically
- To be able to challenge an initial point of view (change in thinking) and to acknowledge it
- To be able to offer specific solutions/recommendations

Contents :

1) Introduction to the module and activities to be completed + initial questions – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Allard-Huver –

2) History of science / epistemology / artistic representations with an intercultural approach – D. Malheurty, F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver
a. Introduction class "What is epistemology?”: “The Galileo Affair” – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – D. Malheurty, F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver
b. History of science & epistemology – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Allard-Huver –
From “black boxes” to “monsters” (Latour / Foucault / Bachelard)
c. “To knowledge is power” – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Casey
Scientific revolutions & paradigm shifts (Kuhn)
d. Artistic representations – Seminars (TD) 1 hr 30 mins (entire graduating class) – F. Casey –
Functions of art and its place in the construction of both our individual and collective work and scientific representations (most notably from the invention then the abandonment of perspective)

3) Methodological Content: Discussion on sources and the bibliography/Foreign sources & research in a foreign language – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver.

4) Methodological Content: Tools for structured reasoning
a. Heuristic diagram – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver –
b. "Problem-solving” diagram - Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups- E. Chauvet -

5) Case Study: Endocrine disrupters or planned obsolescence
a. Analysis of a sociotechnical controversy with a video shown followed by a debate/questions – Seminars (TD) 2 hrs – F. Casey & F. Allard-Huver + other scientific/technical colleagues –
b. Case study debriefing – Seminar 1 hr 30 mins in 2 groups– F. Allard-Huver + F.Casey –
c. Observation sheet / Observation grid (pathos / rhetoric / decrypting)

Accompanied work session on the subject – Accompanied Work (TA) in 2 groups – F. Allard-Huver –

Prerequisites :

Teaching methods :

• Classes which help the student work on developing a well-argued thought.
• Participatory teaching method with discussions and debates
• Individual reading

Assessment :

Presentation of a written dossier made up of:
- 1 presentation of the subject + arguments + student's personal opinion
- 2 diagrams related to the chosen subject (heuristics + problem-solving)
- 1 general (popular) subject article (600 words)
1 bibliography (10% foreign sources)

Bibliography :

1st year of Master of Science in Engineering

The 1st year of Master of Science in Engineering includes common core courses, majors and inter-major courses.

Majors: students will choose only one major according to his background

• Vine and Wine: sustainable productions and international market (ViVi)
• Food processing, food science, nutrition and quality (TAQ)
• Crop production and agroecology (PVA)
• Environmental and sustainable Engineering (IED)
• Animal production: livestock farming and livestock industry (PA)
• Business management, corporate consultancy and international trade and Markets (PCE/CMI)

Common core courses (CC) are engineering tools and Social Sciences. All of them are compulsory.

Inter-major modules (MIM): students will choose only one according to their major