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Digital technologies have been deemed as powerful tools for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. However, technological innovation can intersect with values, norms, and moral commitments and thus fail environmental, economic or societal improvements. A responsible way forward considers values in the development of the technologies. The blended-learning course with face-to-face block course elements, self-learning phases and case studies is at the intersection between technology ethics, value-based design and responsible innovation. It enhances value sensitivity in innovation practice.
This course introduces the concept of value-sensitive innovation from the perspectives of multiple disciplines to inform students about the ethical considerations associated with the use and development of emerging technologies. The course will equip young scientists with a value-based innovation approach, which they could bring with when they enter today’s increasingly digitalized society after having obtained degrees in their respective domains. The blended-learning course will transmit a body of knowledge as well as a set of toolkits to students to use in their own domians of expertise.