At the dawn of the 21st century, technological and scientific questions can no longer be separated from political and social issues. And it is at their junction that our society's future is taking shape, as public debates on biotechnological advances, urban planning and the risks associated with climate changes show. The role of the expert in our society has also evolved: technical and scientific knowledge suddenly seem less certain and the dilemmas they produce are regularly brought into question and debated publicly.
In view of this, the future graduate of the EPFL-whether engineer or architect-must be at once able to master the most technically specific of questions, as well as the social, political and moral issues that accompany with them. To appreciate this complexity, the graduate must be able to identify the actors, analyze the arguments, understand the positions and keep up with ever-increasing technological advances. In short, he or she must learn to "map controversies".
In order to better prepare students to face these challenges, the EPFL has created the course 'Mapping Controversies' in partnership with an international network of top schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Ecole des Mines de Paris, Science Po (Paris), the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester.
Through this course students will be introduced to different analytical methods and tools (computer software programs, imaging and mapping tools) to enable them to creatively analyze today's controversial issues. This teaching, based on interactive reasoning, relies on a variety of supports (texts, film, guest speakers, hands-on workshops, etc.) and offers students the opportunity to assess their progress in the form of an internet site created by the students themselves and judged by a panel of experts.
Each year, the best EPFL site is featured on a hosting platform shared by the network's distinguished member institutions (Controversy websites browser, Medialab of Science Po Paris).
Valérie November valérie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Luca Pattaroni email@example.com
Pascal Viot firstname.lastname@example.org
Boris Beaude email@example.com
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