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230140 VO Techno-Science and Society: Communicating and Interacting. Central Issues, Questions and Concepts (2016S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 03.03. 16:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 15.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 07.04. 15:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 12.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 03.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 10.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 19.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 02.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 07.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The aim of this lecture is to give students an in-depth understanding of the diversity of interaction and engagement processes between techno-science and society.
In a first step, particular focus will be put on the different spaces where science and technology get communicated to different audiences, ranging from classical media, over science fiction and audio-visual media, to museums and the world wide web/social media. We will investigate the processes of communication, how specific audiences get imagined and created in such settings, and what ideas of techno-science and its relation to society get projected. In this context we will also address questions of visual discourses.
Second, we will analyse how citizens/consumers/patients interpret, appropriate, and rearrange scientific knowledge, but also how they attach meaning to new technological possibilities with their own experiences and knowledge. This is of particular importance when looking at situations where they are asked to make choices or to find a position towards a techno-scientific issue at stake. Diverse citizen participation formats, risk communication, but also public protests against certain technological developments will be investigated.
This leads to the third group of issues which will be studied: the politics of scientific communication. It means to look into issues of who holds expertise and thus power in the public arena when it comes to decide on techno-scientific orientations, to understand the role science and technologies play in making (national) identities, and to study major techno-scientific controversies in detail.
Throughout the lecture, students will be introduced to important approaches and concepts that have been developed to address those questions. The lecture is accompanied by a discussion class (KO 230 123).

Assessment and permitted materials

The final grade will be based on the written exam at the end of the term. Exam questions will be based on both what we discussed in class as well as on the texts you had to read. So even if people only take the lecture class they have to do the reading!
The exam will consist of answering 3 questions in a short way (approx. 200-300 words) and one question in form of a longer essay of approx. 900-1000 words. You will not be allowed to use the material from the classes (neither slides nor texts), but you can bring a paper dictionary. No list of potential questions will be available.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading Scheme
The examination for the lecture will be graded on a basis of 100 points in total.
100-87 very good (sehr gut) (1)
86-75 good (gut) (2)
74-63 satisfactory (befriedigend) (3)
62-50 acceptable (genügend) (4)
<50 fail (nicht genügend) (5)

Examination topics

Exam questions will be based on both what we discussed in class as well as on the texts you had to read.

Reading list


Association in the course directory

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