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230153 VO Politics of Innovation and its Institutional Dimensions: Central Issues, Questions and Concepts (2015W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Freitag 02.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 09.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 23.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 30.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 06.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 20.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 04.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 18.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 15.01. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Freitag 22.01. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The use of a terminology of >innovation< has proliferated in the past decade. Today, political declarations of intention and economical growth strategies as well as marketing strategies of firms or social movements build on >innovatio< for their success. However, used in such different contexts, it is increasingly unclear, what we mean by addressing >innovation<. This lecture will point to how historically the meaning of innovation has been changing and that it did so closely linked to the social, political and economical contexts in which it was used. Back in the 17th century, innovation meant political change, reform or revolution and was pejorative: the then only developing scientific profession was eager to write in line with Restauration values and >novelty< in general was suspect (Godin 2014). This understanding is quite contrary to today’s hegemonic understanding of innovation as technological innovation for the market. This lecture traces historically the development of this understanding in its social, political and economic context and discusses the main questions and concepts that have accompanied it. It will however also shed light on understandings of innovation that challenge this dominant understanding: Such as for example the concept of >frugal innovation< that has become used on the Indian subcontinent and claims to >contrast(s) sharply with the conventional approach or social movements’ ways of appropriating the term and therewith partly reclaiming a meaning of social change, reform or revolution.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The exam for this lecture is written. Learning materials for the exam are the oral lectures given and the pdfs of the slides available on the e-learning platform. The exam will consist of answering four questions, three to be answered in a longer paragraph (300 words) and one in form of a short essay (1000 words). The questions for the written exam will be based on what we discussed in class.
No list of potential questions will be available.

Grading Scheme
The examination for the lecture will be graded on a basis of 100 points in total.
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)
Tools and resources permitted in the lecture exam: printouts of pdfs of the lecture slides and a paper English language dictionary.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The aim of the lecture is to provide key contents on different concepts of innovation and related questions. It will allow students to gain a differentiated perspective on different meanings of innovation and the social, political and institutional contexts that make them possible.

Prüfungsstoff

The lecture is organised around a presentation (PPP) by the lecturer but will include methods of competence-oriented teaching in order to improve the teaching success (such as feedback loops or discussions of politics of the day along video-inputs).

Literatur

References:
Godin, Benoit (2014): Innovation and Science. Wen Science had nothing to do with Innovation and Vice-Versa, Project on the Intellectual History of Innovation, Working Paper No 16, p. 26, 33f.
Planning Commission (Government of India) (2013). Foreword. In Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017): Faster, More Inclusive Growth, (Vol. 1) (pp. i-vii). New Delhi: Sage.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MA HPS: M 1.1, M 1.2, M 1.3

Letzte Änderung: Do 30.03.2017 00:19