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233044 SE Artistic Encounters (2020W)

STS and Research in Art and Architecture

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


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

In compliance with the current COVID-19 rules of the University of Vienna this class will be taught in a hybrid teaching format, part in presence and part online. If the number of participants exceeds the maximum number of people that can be taught in presence in the lecture room of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, the class will be split in two groups that alternate between presence-based and remote learning.

Mittwoch 28.10. 13:45 - 15:15 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Vorbesprechung)
Mittwoch 11.11. 13:45 - 16:45 Digital
Mittwoch 18.11. 13:45 - 16:45 Digital
Mittwoch 25.11. 13:45 - 16:45 Digital
Mittwoch 02.12. 13:45 - 16:45 Digital
Mittwoch 09.12. 13:45 - 16:45 Digital
Samstag 23.01. 09:00 - 16:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Since the 1980s the topic of research has been gaining attention in art and architecture. At various art colleges and -universities in Europe, the USA and Australia, artists and architects realise artistic- or design research projects and students acquire the skills necessary to conduct this kind of research in newly established MA- and PhD programs. For art and architecture this turn towards research is not self-evident at all. Until recently actors in both areas have been considered to be the creators of aesthetic artefacts, such as paintings, music pieces or building designs and not necessarily as researchers producing new knowledge.
This seminar provides an introduction to the topic of research in art and architecture through the lens of STS. We will explore the topic of artistic- and architectural design research from two perspectives. On the one hand, we reflect on the different ways STS concepts have already entered the contemporary discourse on research in art and architecture. We will read texts conceptualising artistic and design practices as knowledge practice and analyse how the authors of these texts utilize STS approaches, such as ANT, Mode 2 or Experimental Systems to do so. On the other hand, we will engage with the question how research in art and architecture can be analysed from the perspective of STS. As a lot of STS knowledge has already become part of the fields of artistic- and architectural design research, we discuss how STS can still add novel perspectives to the debates on research in art and architecture. In this regard, we will deal with topics such as the politics and practices of artistic- and design research and we will question assumptions underlying and shaping knowledge production in these novel areas.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

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

Participation: Students must participate actively in the discussions and read the mandatory seminar literature prior to arriving in class for each session.

Text presentation (15 minutes): This presentation should be based on one of the obligatory readings provided on the syllabus and summarize the main arguments of the required readings. Depending on class size, these presentations will be done alone, in pairs or groups. Students will be asked to register for a presentation date during the first meeting on October 28. 2020. Oral presentations will be given throughout the seminar.

Research Assignment: Students need to conduct empirical research during the semester. This research can take different forms and range from an interview with policy makers- or researchers involved in artistic- and design research to an analysis of documents related to the topics of the seminar. The aims and scope of each student’s investigation must be agreed with the instructor during the course of the seminar and before the research is conducted.

Research Presentation: Students have to present their research activities and most interesting results. These presentations will be held in a 'Mini Conference' at the end of the seminar. In this conference each student gives a 10 to 15 minutes long presentation (time of presentation depends on class size) summarizing the topic of research, questions and methods as well as results and interpretation of results. Each student will receive feedback and questions from fellow students and the instructor.

Course paper: To complete the course, each student must submit a final paper (2,500-3,000 words) addressing the main theme of the course and drawing on the materials of empirical research collected beforehand. The paper must include a cover page, table of contents, and full set of references. The essay itself should clearly state the chosen question, its relevance to the course, the conceptual framework for the analysis and the way it analyses and reflects the materials collected during empirical research. It should also reach a clear set of conclusions regarding the academic and/or policy-related significance of the paper. Papers are to be handed in via email (boehm@arch.ethz.ch) and Moodle no later than 26 February 2021.

This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

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:

Active Participation in Class: 15 points, assessed individually, no feedback
Text Presentation: 15 points, assessed individually, feedback by lecturer
Research Presentation: 20 points, assessed individually, feedback by lecturer
Course Paper: 50 points, assessed individually, 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.

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)

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.



Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Fr 11.12.2020 10:08