Universität Wien FIND

230146 SE Risky Entanglements? Theorising Science, Technology and Society Relationships (2017W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
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max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 06.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 13.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 03.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 10.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 17.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 01.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 15.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 12.01. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 19.01. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar offers a systematic introduction to the main theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks in science and technology studies (STS). The seminar's title - risky entanglements - hints at the intricate relationships between science, technology and society, as well as the intertwinement of theories, concepts and methods drawn upon in STS research.
The principal aim of the introductory seminar is to chart the theoretical landscape of STS, its key concerns and major approaches. Therefore, the seminar combines a comprehensive overview of theorising in STS and a more focused presentation of leading approaches in the field. The seminar will also contextualize theories in STS in history - in what contexts and along which problems they have emerged. What do these approaches have in common? Where do they differ? To have these questions answered, the seminar discusses seminal texts in STS, whilst making explicit their background assumptions. Special attention will be devoted to the latter task, as the seminar is designed for newcomers to STS and students of various disciplinary backgrounds.
The didactic aim of the seminar, then, is to promote clarity and create confidence in working with theoretical concepts in STS. The theoretical approaches covered range from structural functionalism, the ‘strong programme' in the sociology of scientific knowledge, social constructivism to interpretative theories, actor-network theory, feminist and postcolonial science studies and co-production.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
Preparation of each session and active participation: read the mandatory readings and provide 1-2 questions for the discussion prior to each session (on Moodle). Active participation in the discussion and practical group work.
Summary of a required reading: Provide a handout (1-2 pages) of one of the mandatory readings and be prepared to give a short summary to start the discussion in class. Each handout should be framed by the corresponding ‘background’ reading (upon request, provided by teaching assistants at their office) and should serve as a basis for discussion.
Write an essay: Write an essay comparing two approaches discussed in class.
Preparation of a workshop unit (as a group): Each group will prepare 1 unit in which we will look at their case through one specific theoretical lens. Please prepare an oral presentation accompanied by a handout (1-2 pages) which summarizes your case as well as a discussion of how the approach frames your particular case study:
Write a research exposé (as a group): Pick one or two theoretical approaches discussed in the course and apply them to your case. Write a respective chapter (Theories and Concepts) for the Research Exposé.

Acceptance of any assignments implies compliance with the following requirements
Citations are always marked and referred to in the bibliography at the end of a text
No unauthorized copying or pirating of existing texts; plagiarism will not be tolerated!
Cover sheet with course title and number, name, student ID, title of assignment/topic and date
Style: A4 paper, 11 point font, 1 1/2 line spacing, page numbers in footer, author name and text title in header
Proofreading and language checks before submission of texts

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The grading of the course is based on the separate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.

Preparation and participation: 25%, assessed individually
Summary of a required reading: 10%, assessed individually
Essay: 30%, assessed individually
Preparation of a workshop unit: 15%, assessed as group work
Research exposé: 20%, assessed as group work

Minimum requirements
The grading of the course is based on the separate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5. To successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may also be considered in the course assessment.

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Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 02.10.2017 12:29