Universität Wien

233043 SE Science communication and/as activism practice (2022W)

Contesting knowledge through digital and material practices

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 10.10. 13:45 - 14:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Vorbesprechung)
Montag 17.10. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 14.11. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 28.11. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 12.12. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 16.01. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Montag 23.01. 13:45 - 17:45 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Science communication is never a process of neutral knowledge transfer, but involves normative judgements about relevance, values, and politics. It might therefore be understood as an activist practice, whether that activism is implicit or explicit. Similarly, activists and social movements themselves frequently engage with, appropriate, contest, or disseminate technoscientific knowledge (both that produced by elite institutions, and citizen science or research ‘in the wild’). In both cases digital spaces and formats are increasingly important to these practices.

In this seminar we will consider how science communication engages in activism, and how different activist and social movements engage with and communicate technoscientific knowledges. More specifically, we ask how knowledges are evaluated and negotiated in science communication, how (digital) infrastructures, tools, and media are built and used, and how technoscientific knowledge is translated and mobilised for activist aims.

The seminar takes a hands-on approach. Students will engage with literature on science communication, social movements, and technoscience-related activism, but will also go on field trips and spend time elaborating and analysing case studies. The aim is to enable students to critically reflect on and analyse entanglements of science with activism, but also to develop skills useful for nuanced, situated, and politically engaged communication.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:

- Active participation in class, reading the assigned literature prior to coming to class, and preparing for the field trips;
- Preparing 2 reading cards;
- Choose a social media format (blog post, twitter thread, Facebook posting, Instagram story, podcast, etc.) and write a post based on one of our field trips or another visit to an activist initiative;
- Work in groups to research and analyse a case study of a specific activist group or initiative (presentation and seminar paper).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

To successfully complete the course, a weighted average of at least 4,5 is required. 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.

Students will be graded based on:
- Participation in class (10%)
- 2 reading cards (20%)
- Social media product (25%)
- Case study analysis (45%)

Prüfungsstoff

Literatur


Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 27.04.2023 13:27