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230142 SE Robot Society (2017W)

Imaginations, Interactions, and Identities

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 09.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 10.01. 13:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 16.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 17.01. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 18.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 23.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 24.01. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 25.01. 13:30 - 16:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The robots are coming. They are coming to do our chores, to take away our jobs, to entertain us, to be friends with us, to live with us, or to kill us. Our future, the media headlines scream, will be robotic. In fact, the robots have been around for a while. They have found their place in literature and film as a never-fulfilled promise and a never-ending fear. They already exist in factories and battlefields as a Janus-faced plan for automated production and automated killing. Robots thrive and wither on the bridge between imagination and reality, between plan and action, and between hyperbole and humility.
That’s why robots deserve social dialogues, moral debates, cultural experiments, and political decisions. Robots are no longer confined to the realm of scientific curiosity and business strategy of a few individuals and corporations; they are now listed on a collective agenda that crosses intellectual and social boundaries. This seminar course proposes to start social and cultural conversations on robots by putting together scholarly and popular materials that address diverse issues arising from the imagination, design, production, and use of robots. We will read historical, sociological, and anthropological studies of robots; discuss novels, plays, and movies that feature robots; and examine some technical literature by robotics engineers.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
· Read the required reading materials and discuss them actively in class
· Write three reading response essays (one per week, two pages per essay) and post them on Moodle. Each essay is to be handed in until 20:00h the evening before the session.
· Give one presentation in class, in which the student analyzes a robot of his or her own choice.
· Write a personal statement on your disciplinary background and your research interest in relation to this course, to be handed in until January 10, 2018.
· Write a final paper, hand it in until February 23, 2018. The final paper will be 10-12 pages long. It can be either a critical review of the literature on robotics and society or an original essay based on your observations of actual robots in use. The topic needs to be discussed with the instructor in advance.
Please note that all written work has to be handed in on time.

Grading Scheme:
The grading scheme is based on a total of 100 points. These points will be awarded in relation to students’ performance in meeting the course learning aims in the different obligatory tasks.
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:

- In-class participation and presentation, 30 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
- Reading response essays, 30 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
- Personal statement, 10 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
- Final paper, 30 points, assessed individually, feedback on request

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.

Grades:
100-87 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)

Attendance:
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.

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Letzte Änderung: Mo 25.09.2017 12:09