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230143 KO Discussion Class Knowledge and Technology Cultures (2016S)

1.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 02.03. 12:30 - 15:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 06.04. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 27.04. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 18.05. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 08.06. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Wednesday 22.06. 12:30 - 14:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this lecture and the accompanying discussion class, we will develop an overview of work developing two central tenets of STS research:
(1) That both scientific knowledge and technologies are developed in social and cultural contexts, and that these contexts impinge on the form and political implications of the respective knowledge and technological artefacts.
(2) That scientific knowledge and technologies are both an integral part of our cultures and strongly shape them - we indeed live in technological cultures and in knowledge societies.
To cover this broad field, the semester will be a journey through quite different topics and to many different places, from the arcane citadels of contemporary research to the mundane everyday use of technologies. We will engage with laboratory studies and newer approaches to analyze scientific knowledge production, particularly in the changing institutional landscapes of today; we will scrutinize how technological innovations are brought into being and how much our contemporary societies depend on technological infrastructures; and we will trace the ways in which techno-science has become part of our everyday cultures, and how both scientific and technological change affects some of the most basic categories of our living in the world, including how we perceive time, deal with our bodies or interact with each other in society.

Assessment and permitted materials

To pass the discussion class, students are expected to:
· Participate actively in the in-class discussions
· Prepare three questions for each discussion class session
· Write a book review

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Grading Scheme
The grading of the discussion class is based on the separate assessment of different tasks on a scale of 1-5.
The relative weight of each task in relation to the overall grade is:
In-class-participation 40 percent assessed individually
Prepared Questions 30 percent assessed individually
Book Review 30 percent assessed individually

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 also be considered in the course assessment.

Examination topics

Reading list


Association in the course directory

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