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080036 SE M510 Methodology: Technologies of Trust (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Am Beginn des Sommersemester 2021 können pandemiebedingt ausschließlich digitale Lehrveranstaltungen stattfinden.

Monday 01.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 08.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 15.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 22.03. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 12.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 19.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 26.04. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 03.05. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 10.05. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 17.05. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 31.05. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 07.06. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 14.06. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 21.06. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 28.06. 14:30 - 16:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

What is trust and how can it be examined empirically from a sociocultural perspective?

The term trust has enjoyed much currency in the social sciences and humanities. Countless volumes have been filled by authors attempting to catalogue, typologize, and define conditions for/of/about trust. What trust is and what it's for has not found consensus. Trust functions differently depending on whether you look at it from an economic, political, psychological, philosophical, or technological perspective. In the seminar we will consider trust as a historically situated practice and norm which has become tightly interwoven with and conditioned by technologies and infrastructures.

Based on classic readings on trust as well as employing methodological creativity we will approach trust as cultural expectation and practice. We will attempt to examine in which situations and contexts trust plays a role, and how we might ascertain it as ethnographic object.

ATTENTION: This seminar is run in close collaboration with Prof. Shaila Galvin's MA-Seminar "Technologies and Infrastructures of Trust" at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Our goal is to share our insights from readings and assignments, and to learn from each other. The language of instruction at the Graduate Institute is English. Therefore, reading and speaking competence in English is required.

Assessment and permitted materials

Prüfungsimmanente LV - max. 2 x Fehlen erlaubt.

Die Punkte werden wie folgt vergeben:

Aktive Teilnahme (25 Punkte)
Lese- und Forschungstagebuch (30 Punkte)
Ergebnisse-Expose (45 Punkte)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss der LV sind mindestens 50 von 100 möglichen Punkten zu erreichen.
>= 87,5 sehr gut (1)
>= 75 gut (2)
>= 62,5 befriedigend (3)
>= 50 genügend (4)
< 50 nicht genügend (5)

Examination topics

Reading list

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