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233042 SE Citizen Science (2018W)

A New Paradigm for Public Participation?

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung

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Details

max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 03.12. 10:00 - 11:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Vorbesprechung)
Montag 07.01. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Mittwoch 09.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 10.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 14.01. 13:30 - 15:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Dienstag 15.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 17.01. 10:00 - 13:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Donnerstag 24.01. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The notion of citizen science suggests a new paradigm of public engagement. In contrast to the paradigms of popularization (shaped by the deficit model) and deliberation (shaped by discourses of risk and uncertainty), citizen science reimagines the role of the public: The citizens in citizen science should not only be informed about scientific matters or discuss their concerns with experts. They should rather contribute to the production of scientific knowledge themselves by taking part in research. Thus, citizen science projects address citizens as co-creators of scientific research and technological innovation. Websites and apps constitute decisive interfaces for citizen science projects. Activities of participants might range from using smart phones to measure environmental noise levels to folding virtual proteins in a gamified digital environment,
In this course, we will investigate these emerging modes of public engagement. We will situate citizen science within the discourse on public participation, explore the normative and epistemic implications of public involvement, and reflect the socio-technical infrastructures of participation.
In addition to discussions of theoretical literature, a substantial part of the course will be devoted to case studies in which students analyze science policy papers and self-descriptions of actors and projects and may take part in citizen science projects themselves.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
a) Students must participate actively in the discussions and read all obligatory literature prior to arriving in class for each session.
b) Each student will either start class discussion by a brief introduction to an obligatory text (5-8 minutes), or present the key points of one recommended text (5-8 minutes). Each presentation is accompanied by a 1-2 page handout.
Students will work together in groups to study cases of citizen science. They will present their findings in class and will write a collaborative paper (3.000 words/student max.). The papers must be submitted electronically (dickel@uni-mainz.de) with the subject line 'CitizenSciencePaper' (deadline: 31.03.2019).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

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.

Participation in class: 20 points, assessed individually, no feedback;
Presentation of text: 20 points, assessed individually, feedback on request;
Presentation of case: 20 points, assessed as group work, feedback by lecturer;
Paper: 40 points, assessed as group work, feedback on request;

Minimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.

Grades
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)

Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements 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 lecturer.

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 lecturer.
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.

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:39