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230153 VO Politics of Innovation and its Institutional Dimensions: Central Issues, Questions and Concepts (2017W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Details

Sprache: Englisch

Prüfungstermine

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 05.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 10.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 12.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 17.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 19.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 24.10. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 09.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 16.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 30.11. 13:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Talk of 'innovation' has proliferated in the past decades: it is core to political programmes and economic growth strategies (such as Europe 2020) as well as marketing strategies of firms and tactics of social movements. While today we have gotten used to thinking of innovation as core to societal development, this is by far self-evident in historical perspective. Back in the 17th century, innovation had the meaning of political change, reform and revolution and was used in rather pejorative ways: thus, 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 understanding of innovation as central to wealth, well being and (sometimes even) survival. This lecture discusses the institutional framework conditions (e.g. for funding, measuring or owning innovation) that societies have created to stabilise this view. Amongst others, we discuss different attempts to steer innovation to serve societal needs better (e.g. the European framework programme Horizon 2020). Taking into account the broader societal context, we will also discuss how the dominant understanding of innovation as technological innovation for the market developed and stabilised during the 20th century, e.g. by institutionalising science and innovation statistics and 'innovation studies'. We further discuss, how alternative concepts of innovation gain (political) legitimacy; e.g. 'frugal innovation' that claims to 'contrast(s) sharply with the conventional approach' (Planning Commission 2013), or 'social innovation' that partly reclaims a meaning of social change or revolution.
The aim of the course is to learn to understand notions of innovation as co-produced by specific societal (institutional, political, economic, cultural, etc.) framework conditions. To do so, it explores how different meanings of innovation have developed historically and traces how we have learned to think of societal development in terms of 'innovation'. The lecture (VO) does so via talks by the lecturer, but also by interactive discussions, brainstorming, or reflections on contemporary representations (e.g. videos) of innovation policies. The discussion class (KO) takes up and reflects the topics of the lecture. It does so along readings of scientific texts and field-trips (regarding concrete practical examples), mostly in the framework of teamwork-based debate.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

The grade for the lecture will be based on a written exam. Learning materials are the talks by the lecturer 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 (ca. 600-800 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.

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)

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.

Prüfungsstoff

The grade for the lecture will be based on a written exam. Learning materials are the talks by the lecturer 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 (ca. 600-800 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: Do 14.09.2017 10:09