No. 127
Author Admin / 2019-03-03
revised syllabus

 ESE243 Science Humanities (과학인문학)

Lecturer: Jaeweon Cho

Professor of Environmental Engineering, UNIST Director, Science Walden


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Course description:

This course starts from being interested in crisis of our planet from the climate change and with problems in our society. We understand we have been doing our best to solve the issues in scientific and political ways but those seem to come up with something ineffective. Thus, I suggest we discuss in somewhat different ways, including both science and humanities. I would have subtopic of ‘Science Walden’ that we are performing the project, with the problems of our era, including climate change, inequality, and many others. We bring issues and even philosophy of “Money” into our discourse with many different thinkings, from confusian to metamodernism, in science, engineering, and arts.

Grading: presence 10%, weekly report 10%, (team) term project 20%, mid-term 20%, final exam 20%, game participation 20% (each percentage may vary with 10%)

Noticement: Sometimes, you are asked to present your weekly report every week, which is subjected to be evaluated by the classmates


1st week: Can we tell people into efforts to solve problems that we made? 1st week: What is social system?

2nd week: Social Physics

2nd week: What is value, and how to produce values?

3rd week: Is there any good capital? Let’s talk on Money (or Cash) 4th week: What is Circular Economy? What is money anyway? 5th week: Order or Chaos

6th week: What is Art as compared to Science?

6th week: What is Meta-modernism over post-modernism in Arts and Science 7th week: Mid-term exam.

8th week: What is Nature and Ecology?

8th week: Is Environmental Engineering still Promissing?

9th week: Environmentalism

10th week: Lives on the move

11th week: Behaviorism and N- (or digital) generation 11th week: Waldens

12th week: Pragmatism

12th week: Truth telling with courage

13th week: Great learning and Doctrine of Mean; what is learning and teaching 13th week: Events & Game Changer

14th week: Presentations of (team) project

15th week: Presentations of (team) project

16th week: Final examination



Social Physics: how social networks can make us smarter (2015), by Alex Pentland

Ecological Communication (1989), by Niklas Luhmann

The Ecological Thought (2010), by Timothy Morton

Creating Wealth: growing local economics with local currencies (2011), by Gwendolyn Hallsmith & Bernard Lietaer

Mobile Lives (2010), by Anthony Elliott and John Urry



Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism (2017), edited by Robin van Den Akker, Alison Gibbons and Timotheus Vermeulen

The Social Life of Money (2016), by Nigel Dodd

We Haver Never Been Modern (1993), by Bruno Labour

Human Dignity (2011), by George Kateb

About Behaviorism (1976), by B.F. Skinner

What is called thinking? (reprinted 2004), by Martin Heidegger

The Courage of Truth (2011), by Michel Foucault

The Order of Things (1994), by Michel Foucault

Reinventing Organisations: An illustrated invitation (2016), by Frederic Laloux​