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230164 SE Governing socio-technical futures. Science, democracy and innovation in the 21st century (2015W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
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Sprache: Englisch

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Montag 05.10. 12:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Vorbesprechung)
Mittwoch 14.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 19.10. 11:30 - 13:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 21.10. 12:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 27.10. 12:45 - 15:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 29.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 30.11. 10:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 02.12. 15:00 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 07.12. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This course focuses on the relationship between science, democracy and innovation in the 21st century and especially on the manner in which ideas about the future shape scientific governance today. Very often, we are presented with visions of the future where the pace of technical change over-runs the capacity of ‘traditional’ institutions, where science-based progress offer a world of utopia or sometimes dystopia, and where the potential is enormous if only governments and industry could act appropriately and speedily. At times, these futures seem to open up to an overwhelming range of possibilities: the future will be one of radical and unanticipated change. At others, they are presented as much more restricted: there is no choice if our societies are to remain competitive and successful. Very often, images of science and technology lie at the heart of these future possibilities whether in the form of new fields such as synthetic biotechnology, artificial intelligence and nanotechnology or else as revolutionary developments from existing areas such as information technology, transport and agriculture.
In order to explore these broad questions, the course will focus especially on three topics: public engagement with science and technology, innovation and scientific governance. By bringing these together, the inter-connections between them can be explored but also new themes identified. What does this discussion of socio-technical futures mean for current notions of democracy? How should we think of key actors and stakeholders - and how are they enacted within different models of the future? What forms of governance are required to deal with alternative futures? As it will be presented, the futures seem to lie ahead of us but they also drive patterns of governance, democracy and innovation right now.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

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:
Session preparation:20 points, assessed individually
Participation: 10 points, assessed individually
Oral presentation : 25 points, assessed as group work
Final paper: 45 points, assessed individually
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 vice-director of studies responsible for the master programme.
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 07.09.2020 15:39