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210129 SE M11: FOP Research Practice (2021W)

Europe and the Digital Revolution

12.00 ECTS (4.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

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max. 35 participants
Language: English



This research seminar will take place online.
Participation in the first unit is mandatory!


Aims, contents and method of the course

This intense seminar is for very advanced students (ideally as the last course before the MA thesis). You need expertise in the field of European integration (EU institutions, decision-making processes, and policies).

This research seminar will take place online via BBB. You need stable internet connection with a camera. Participation in the first unit is mandatory!

The seminar will inform about the potentials and dangers of the digitalisation process with a focus on Europe and its role in the world and compared to the US and China, as well as the EU’s relevant policies in that area.

The goal is to educate students in these matters and, at the same time, prepare them for writing their MA theses. A “Forschungspraktikum” is a research training course for advanced students to coach them how to best develop and execute their own research. Accordingly, social scientific writing and presentation skills will be trained in-depth.

Methods will include, most importantly, literature search, reading, academic writing, peer feedback, group work, presentations, and debate. You will need a very good command of the English language to follow this course.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active and constant participation (max. two absences allowed but not in 1st unit) is indispensable! This research practice course with 12 ECTS will amount to approx. 300 hours of work – please do check if this is indeed compatible with your other obligations during this term. Each unit will have to be prepared in-depth. A large amount of reading and intense work during the entire semester is needed. Since the course will be online and last four hours, long screen-time breaks before and afterwards are suggested.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students need to know and without exception follow the good academic practice standards (most importantly: https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/studium/informationen-fuer-studierende/#c511206, https://studienpraeses.univie.ac.at/infos-zum-studienrecht/sicherung-der-guten-wissenschaftlichen-praxis/plagiat/). There will be training and a test during the early phase of the seminar seminar which you need to pass. Correct citing and documenting of sources, a clear and easily comprehensible language and proficiency in the techniques of academic research are, inter alia, a minimum basis for a positive grade in this class.

Grading: Summary of texts, protocols of debates, etc. (25%), presentations and group work (25%), seminar paper (50%). Delivery of all partial assignments is mandatory for a positive grade.

Plagiarism software may be used (‘Turnitin’) and individual interviews may be held and may be graded to individually discuss written work.

Examination topics

Presentations, written deliverables, contributions to discussions, work in small groups, group feedback, seminar papers.
Furthermore, students may be asked to attend relevant public events and provide summaries or discussion papers in which central arguments of required readings are critically discussed.

Reading list

The work of Shoshana Zuboff shall be the central theoretical basis regarding the process and significance of the process of digitalisation. As a taster, please read the following overview article: Zuboff, Shoshana (2015), Big other: surveillance capitalism and the prospects of an information civilization, Journal of Information Technology, 2015 (30), 75-89.

Zuboff's pathbreaking book will be discussed during the semester:
Zuboff, Shoshana (2019), The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (New York: Public Affairs).

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