|Application deadline:||Start in 1 February: October (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: May (non-EEA: May).|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||February 2015, September 2015|
|Credits (ECTS):||120 ECTS|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
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You will learn to understand technological innovation and how you can improve and direct innovation. You will develop awareness of the wider international, socio-economic and regulatory contexts.
Succesful innovations are dependent on technological development. However, the question whether an innovation ultimately becomes a success also depends on a range of social factors. The program takes this into account by combining knowledge of technology with that of social science disciplines. The multidisciplinary nature of the program is reflected in the social sciences courses related to innovation and technology. Your program will be completed with an international internship and a Master's project. This program integrates both social and technical knowledge and insight in relation to technology and innovation. In brief, this Master's program focuses on the question of which technical, economic, social, legal, psychological and ethical aspects need to be taken into account to allow the formulation of effective policy through which technological development and innovation can be initiated in the desired direction. Innovation (processes) and technological change take place in an international context more and more. The program therefore has a strong international focus.
Types of teaching (in year 1): * theory: 30%
* practice: 4%
* self study: 66%
Programme internationalization: * Studying abroad is required.
* The percentage of foreign students: 5%
* The percentage of foreign teachers: 5%
* The percentage of students abroad: 20%
* The percentage of teachers abroad: 5%
This programme has a workload of 120 ECTS.
Living in a virtual world:
This development of a virtual world and its increased importance in our daily lives has lead to several new questions in social science. How do people experience virtual interaction? How do people deal with (overloads of) information? How can trust and reputation play a role online? Which principles govern the interaction with technology? What impact does the ability to live within a virtual world have on human interaction? Consumer Behavior provides detailed insight in psychological aspects of the online (and offline) behavior of consumers. In Life Online the focus is on how trust and cooperation problems are settled online, and which mechanisms can be used online to ensure smooth cooperative behavior in different online environments. Super crunchers and Infonomics emphasize the role that information plays to make decisions. The ICT revolution has created a wealth of data that can be used in different contexts. The related Infonomics deals with the economics of information. What are the implications of the intangibility of information for the way in which economic actors interact?
Knowledge economy and society :
Those who have the knowledge, have the power. Knowledge has developed into the single most powerful good in the world. In fact, innovation, one of the buzzwords of the last two decades, often comes down to a question of generation or access to and the use of knowledge in order to obtain competitive advantages. But what is knowledge exactly? How is it generated, by whom and for whom, at what costs, how does it manifest itself, how is it acquired and how is it used strategically? This cluster offers an in-depth treatment of one of the most fascinating phenomena in modern society. Its analysis of knowledge has an emphasis on the economic view on knowledge, and combines this with historical, philosophical, social and legal perspectives. This clusters prepares students for a Master's project in the field of knowledge management, which can be either quantitative or qualitative. Students develop extensive analytical skills but also learn how to apply concepts in a real-life situation.
Technology, Globalization & Europeanization:
Moreover, key technology-related issues such as global poverty and development, sustainability, energy security, and war have an inherently transnational character. In this specialization students learn to interpret and analyze the dynamics of globalization, European integration (which is the paradigmatic example for regional integration in scholarly analysis), development, and their multiple intertwinements with technological processes such as innovation, technology transfer, technological capacity building, and transnational infrastructure development. The recent 'transnational turn' in the social sciences is introduced as an analytical approach to investigate these topics.
Innovation and Sustainability:
The main binding element in the four courses that make up this cluster is their concern with the nature and direction of modern economic growth and development, and the substantial socio-economic and environmental fallout that this process increasingly produces. The process is highly uneven in terms of people's ability to control its direction, people's exposure to its risks and impacts, and people's capacity to exert influence and take action to avoid, mitigate, or adapt effectively to these risks and impacts. The profound ethical implications of these inequalities are also considered.The courses offer a range of analytical frameworks drawn from innovation studies and growth & development theory with which students are able to deepen their understanding of these issues and reflect on them, and come to grips with the dual role played by technology and innovation in these processes.
Scholarships / Grants:
Eindhoven University of Technology:
Scholarships are awarded by the TU/e and institutes situated in the Eindhoven region and the rest of the Netherlands (NL): ASML, NXP, Océ, Vredestein and Philips. The scholarships are awarded to students with the best grades from their previous education at respected universities outside NL.
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