The aim of this course is to present, critically discuss and evaluate the contemporary rapid development of technoscience, and especially of the New Technologies - mainly of Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and their principles and applications -, the relationship between the techno-scientific growth and the socio-economic development and human well-being, as well as some contemporary issues. These issues, which are related to concrete environmental and bioethical problems,are examined on the basis of technical data discussed within the context of elementary environmental chemistry and engineering, and of socio-economic and environmental objectives. Moreover, the course is also focused on the relationship between the technoscientific development and contemorary aspects of progress, as well as a contemporary theory of value. On the basis of a critical discussion and evaluation of some concrete nanotechnological and biotechnical problems, an attempt is undertaken to face these theoretical and practical issues in an interdisciplinary and unifying way.
After the course's completion, the students will be able:
- to understand the basic characteristics of some todays significant new technologies.
- to understand the important contribution of these technologies to human well-being.
- to understand the ecological and bioethical, in general, imlications of these technologies.
- to enhance sensitization towards social and ecological issues.
- to enhance critical thought.
Course Content (Syllabus)
A short introduction in the New Technologies, and especially in Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and their achievements as well as their impacts on environment and society - within the context of a more general reference to technological development - is undertaken. A concrete reference on environmental pollution - with the presentation and discussion of elementary environmental chemistry and engineering - as well as on the most important biogeochemical cycles and their human-made disturbance is made. On the basis of concrete bioethical principles, some specific nano-technological and biotechnological issues are analyzed, evaluated and faced. The course is undertaken with the use of slides (transparent membranes).
New technologies, Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Technological development, Environmental Chemistry, Biofuels