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2014/2015 Technology, Policy and Management WM look at TBM Electives
WM0820TU
Responsible Innovation, introduction
ECTS: 5
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. I.R. van de Poel    I.R.vandePoel@tudelft.nl
Dr. H. Zandvoort    H.Zandvoort@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
4/0/0/0
Education Period
1
Start Education
1
Exam Period
1
2
Course Language
English
Required for
This is the introductory course for the minor Responsible Innovation.
Course Contents
Today, technology has become a main determinant of the quality of life of individuals and the quality of society. New technologies contribute to human well-being, but they may also introduce considerable risks to humans, the environment and future generations. We therefore have every reason to ascertain that the new technologies we develop as a society respect the values we hold dear. Various governments, companies and research funding agencies have now recognized this need for responsible innovation. Responsible innovation can, as a concept, be understood in a more substantive and in a more procedural sense. As a procedural notion, responsible innovation refers to a process of innovation that meets certain procedural norms, like accountability (to stakeholders and to society) and transparency. As a substantive notion, responsible innovation refers to a process of innovation which results in certain products, i.e. innovative technologies, which reflect important moral values. This includes values like, health, safety, human welfare, sustainability, justice, inclusiveness, democracy, privacy, trust, and autonomy.

In this course we will discuss the concept of responsible innovation and how it might be understood. We will discuss tools and approaches to responsible innovation, like Value Sensitive Design (VSD), Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA), Midstream Modulation (MM), and Network Approach for Moral Evaluation (NAME). We will address the possibilities and challenges for responsible innovation at four different levels: 1) the level of specific R&D projects, 2) the level of companies (and the relation between responsible innovation and corporate social responsibility (CSR), 3) the level of technological sectors and 4) the activities of governments and funding agencies.

Lectures
The following topics will be covered in the lectures:
- The notion of Responsible Innovation (RI)
- The relation with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
- Tools and methods for RI
- Quest lectures on applications of RI in various contexts
Study Goals
After this course, students should be able to:
Provide and justify specific definitions of the notion of responsible innovation
Explain approaches to responsible innovation such as Value Sensitive Design (VSD), Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA), Midstream Modulation (MM) and Network Approach for Moral Evaluation (NAME), and to apply these approaches to concrete cases and examples
Relate responsible innovation to corporate social responsibility (CSR)
Identify opportunities and challenges for responsible innovation at four different levels: 1) the level of specific R&D projects, 2) the level of companies, 3) the level of technological sectors and 4) the activities of governments and funding agencies.
Develop strategies for implementing responsible innovation
Education Method
Lectures, assignments, wiki and essay.

Part of the course is devoted to group assignments combined with other courses in the minor.
Assessment
Assignments
Look under assignments in Course Sites to see what you have to do each week. The assignment are compulsory. If you do not make them you will not get a grade for the course. Under assignment you also find information about the wiki group essay you have to write.

The wiki essay and two other assignments are group assignments. Enroll in Blackboard for groups through group enroll. The group composition for all assignments is the same

Grade
There is no test. Your grade for the course is based on your grade for the wiki essay. Completion of the assignments is required in order to obtain a grade for the course.
Category
BSc niveau