Connected world

eSociety#exploringthefutures (Kortrijk)

2nd semester (Spring) at VIVES Kortrijk

Our society is currently evolving towards artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, transhumanism, industry 4.0, quantum computing, blockchain, and this will alter the way we live, work and think. Some view these evolutions with caution, whilst others welcome them with open arms.

Delve into the workings of digital society at VIVES Kortrijk
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In this interdisciplinary programme, we aim to develop a critical awareness of arguments on either side; considering potential threats to, among others, equality and democracy, as well as examining new opportunities like e-business, e-health and e-governance.

Many objects are now connected to the internet. Smart watches, for instance, can be connected to other devices through network facilities. These items are nothing more than commonly known ideas or systems with an upgrade, equipped with sensors and collecting data. We take a closer look at people’s motivations to develop new kinds of interconnected technology. Which goals are they trying to achieve?

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GIGO is a computer science acronym meaning ’Garbage In, Garbage Out’. It makes a clear distinction between the system and its user. Most people tend to forget that technology on itself is harmless; the output quality of a system depends entirely on what people put into it. We focus on the weakest link: people, as individuals or organizations, handling the systems. The so-called human factor. We examine causes of instabilities and solutions for people to maintain a healthy balance, to hold sensible online relationships, enforce digital citizenship & stay resilient in cyberspace.

Technology always moves at a faster pace than society itself and thereby affects all aspects of human life. What impact does this have on our human rights? Knowing the legal framework and being able to think independently based on different opinions, is crucial. In this minor we also look at difficult ethical dilemmas which digitalisation brings along. For example, what about artificially upgrading people, the debates about quality of life and even the use of technology to kill?

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Study materials include books, courses and digital learning materials that you need to for the successful completion of the programme.

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This study material can be offered in paper form (printed course texts, readers, learning and workbooks, reference books) or in electronic form (e-books, PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, online tutorials, audio and video). Our electronic learning environment, Toledo, plays a central role in your education. There, you will find all information on your courses, teachers, and course materials.

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Curious about the subjects intros programme? Check below for a concise overview or look at the complete ECTS sheet.
 

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This interdisciplinary programme does not require prior technical knowledge and is available to students from varying backgrounds. We work with interactive lectures, guest speakers, field trips, group works, individual assignments and an international experience in order to expose students to different visions and perspectives. At the end of the semester you will be able to give technology-neutral advice about new phenomena like digistress, the digital gap, data protection, cyber bullying, tech addiction and digital footprint.

The 30-credit programme includes the following courses:

  • The Information Age (10 credits - An Evolutionary Journey & Internet of Everything)
  • The Human Factor (5 credits)
  • Legal & Ethical Framework (3 credits)
  • Integrated Interdisciplinary Project (12 credits)

Here you will find the ECTS-sheet of this programme. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System and is the European system for the transfer and accumulation of study credits. 1 study point equals 25 to 30 hours of work.

Study material

This study material can be offered in paper form (printed course texts, readers, learning and workbooks, reference books) or in electronic form (e-books, PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, online tutorials, audio and video). Our electronic learning environment, Toledo, plays a central role in your education. There, you will find all information on your courses, teachers, and course materials.