Technology and Society

Progress: Between Responsibility and Growth
Focus topic "The RWTH and Corona"


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Teaching and Research Area Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences
Faculty of Civil Engineering

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. dent. Dr. phil. Dominik Groß
Chair of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine


Contact Person





Monday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 




„Technology shapes society and society shapes technology” (Christine Wächter).

Technical developments are essentially changing the way we live and work, so that the importance of the interface between technology and society is becoming increasingly relevant. The increasing global transfer of technology requires a critical examination of the resulting consequences for people and the environment. Technology ethics, technology acceptance or technology assessment are frequently used buzzwords in this discourse  what can socially responsible technology design look like?

The Corona crisis impressively demonstrates the limits and possibilities of modern society. In addition to debates about civil society, legal and political negotiation processes, science also plays a central role: as a generator of knowledge, as a mediator of knowledge and as a nexus of innovations. There are numerous renowned academics at RWTH Aachen University whose research has contributed, is contributing and can contribute to addressing the corona crisis. This course aims to provide an overview of such research topics and at the same time give students perspectives on the relevance of their study content in a societal context.

In this course, the above contents are examined from an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus is on a realistic assessment of the limits and potentials of corresponding technologies. Based on this, possible contributions to society are discussed.


Learning Outcomes

Students learn about various aspects in the field of the interface between technology and society. On this basis, they can evaluate associated problems as well as the effects of these on their respective subject discipline. Students gain an overview of RWTH’s contributions to overcoming the corona crisis. They are able to critically discuss possible contributions of the university to society in a crisis situation.


For this we refer to the German homepage. Please note that the entire course is offered in German and all the sessions will be in German, too.

13. Juli 2020

Acatech: Perspektiven auf Technik, Gesellschaft und Nachhaltigkeit

Prof. Dr. Martina Schraudner

acatech, Berlin

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)
Termpaper 10-15 pages (3 CP)
Termpaper 15-20 pages and oral presentation (4 CP)

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