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230208 VO Techno-Science and Society: Communicating and Interacting. Central Issues, Questions and Concepts (2017S)

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

Tuesday 07.03. 16:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 14.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 30.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 27.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 04.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 09.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 16.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 18.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 08.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 13.06. 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.
We will begin the lecture with reflecting on the challenges of communication and engagement with science and technology in contemporary democracies and explore the meaning of 'medialisation'.
We will continue by focusing on the different spaces where science and technology get in touch with 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.
In a next step, 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. We will also reflect what it means to speak of scientific citizenship in a world where technoscientific developments have come to play such a central role.
This leads to finally reflect on the politics of scientific communication and engagement, with a specific focus on governance and future making. 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 what responsibilities are involved in science communication and the diverse forms of engagement with society.
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 points Excellent (1)
86-75 points Good (2)
74-63 points Satisfactory (3)
62-50 points Sufficient (4)
49-0 points Unsatisfactory (5) (fail)

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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