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230153 VO Politics of Innovation and its Institutional Dimensions: Central Issues, Questions and Concepts (2016W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 06.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Vorbesprechung)
Donnerstag 13.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 27.10. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 03.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 17.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 24.11. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 01.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 15.12. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 12.01. 09:30 - 11:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 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

Aims, contents and methods of course
Talk of 'innovation' has proliferated in the past decades: political declarations of intention and economic growth strategies as well as marketing strategies of firms and social movements build on 'innovation' for their success. Used in such different contexts, what is actually meant by 'innovation' is becoming increasingly unclear. This lecture explores how meanings of innovation have developed historically in relation to the social, political and economical contexts. Back in the 17th century, innovation meant political change, reform and revolution and was rather 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 and as something central to wealth, wellbeing and (sometimes even) survival. This lecture traces the historical development of institutional dimensions that made this contemporary understanding of innovation so dominant and discusses questions that are connected to it, such as: How is it (made) possible to measure and own innovation? Or, how are concepts that are central to innovation policies today (e.g. the 'National Innovation System' approach) challenged, e.g. by the increasingly international dimension of science, technology and innovation? The lecture will also address alternative understandings of innovation, like the concept of 'frugal innovation', that has become commonly used on the Indian subcontinent and claims to 'contrast(s) sharply with the conventional approach' (Planning Commission 2013) or social movements’ ways of appropriating the term and 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 four questions, of which three are to be answered in a longer paragraph (200 words) and one in the form of a short essay (800-1000 words). The questions for the written exam will be based on what we have discussed in class.
No list of potential questions will be available.

Tools and resources permitted in the lecture exam: printouts of pdfs of the lecture slides, printouts of the readings for the KO and a paper English language dictionary.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

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)

Prüfungsstoff

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 four questions, of which three are to be answered in a longer paragraph (200 words) and one in the form of a short essay (800-1000 words). The questions for the written exam will be based on what we have discussed in class.
No list of potential questions will be available.

Literatur


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

MA HPS: M 1.1, M 1.2, M 1.3

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:39