The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology and TU Delft invite PhD candidates in philosophy to register for the course Design for Values 2022 to take place on September 5-9 and 16, 2022.
Type of activity
Primary target group
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The deadline for registration is August 20, 2022.
About the topic
Approaches like Value Sensitive Design and ethics-by-design have become popular over the last decade to integrate values, and other moral considerations, from the beginning in the design and development of new technologies. This course provides an introduction to some of the underlying key philosophical foundations and issues of these approaches. We will investigate what values are, and whether, and if so how, they can be embedded in new technologies. We will discuss in more detail how values can be conceptualised and specified, and we will discuss ‘value conflict ’and ‘value change’, philosophically as well as in terms of their implications for designing technology for values.
Aim / objective
After the course participants should be able to:
- Philosophically reflect on the relation between technology and values and to give reasoned arguments why technology can or cannot embody values (and if so how)
- Have a comprehensive understanding of basic notions of values within philosophy and other relevant disciplines and be able to reflect on their similarities and differences
- Differentiate the main approaches to designing for values
- Understand the difference between value conceptualisation and specification, and how these matter for designing for values
- Be able to philosophically characterize and discuss ‘value conflict’ and ‘value change’, and understand the implications of these phenomena for designing for values
Topic 1: Values and Technology
- Brief historical overview about thinking about values and technology in philosophy of technology
- How to understand value embedding in technology
Topic 2: What are values?
- How are values understood in philosophy, and other disciplines
- Cross-cultural perspectives on values
Topic 3: Designing for values
- Brief overview of Value Sensitive Design and other approaches of embedding values in technology
- Value conceptualization and value specification
Topic 4: Value conflict
- Types of value conflict
- Value incommensurability and its consequences
- Dealing with value conflict in design
Topic 5: Value change
- Understanding value change in relation to technology
- Dealing with value change in design
- To receive credits, all participants are asked to present their main take-aways from the course, and how it relates to their PhD project, on the final day (16 September 2022)
Steffen Steinert, TU Delft
Ibo van de Poel, TU Delft
More lecturers: TBA
We aim for a guest lecture on a more practical example of designing for values.
Key note speakers
Active participation is required. Each session has a number of required readings, that participants should have read beforehand.
Certificate / credit points
For this course participants can earn a certificate after successful completion. Please note, however, that the OZSW is not accredited to reward students with credits/ECTS directly. The study load is mentioned on the certificate, which can usually be exchanged for ‘real’ credits (ECTS) at your home university. For more info please see https://www.ozsw.nl/request-certificate/. The study load for this activity is: 5 ECTS
Phd Candidates / ReMa students who are a member of OZSW: no costs
PhD candidates / ReMa students who are a member of the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology: no costs
PhD Candidates / ReMa students who are a member of another Dutch Research School in Humanities (LOGOS): no costs
All others will pay a registration fee of €300.
Please note that there might be the option to register as a member of the OZSW which would give you free entrance to this and all other OZSW activities. Please check if you are eligible here: https://www.ozsw.nl/membership-2020/
How to apply / register
The deadline for registration has passed. Registering for this course is no longer possible.
Important: Research Master students can register for the course as well, but PhD candidates are the primary target group. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to email@example.com to be put on a waiting list. You will be notified after August 26 if there are places available and if you can register and join the course.
If registration has been closed because the maximum amount of participants has been reached, you can submit your name to the waiting list by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also indicate whether you are a ReMa student or PhD candidate and whether you are a member of the OZSW or not.
Cancellation and registration policy
Steffen Steinert, section Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Department of Values, Technology and Innovation, School of Technology, Policy & Management, TU Delft
Ibo van de Poel, section Ethics and Philosophy of Technology, Department of Values, Technology and Innovation, School of Technology, Policy & Management, TU Delft
For information about the course, program and credits, contact: Ibo van der Poel: email@example.com
For practical information, contact the secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org