Universität Wien FIND

230208 VO Techno-Science and Society: Communicating and Interacting (2018S)

Central Issues, Questions and Concepts

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie

Registration/Deregistration

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 06.03. 16:00 - 18:30 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 13.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 10.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 12.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 19.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 24.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 08.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 15.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Thursday 24.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Tuesday 29.05. 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 and their related challenges. We will address the multiplicity of settings in which this takes place, investigate the actors involved as well as the processes through which this happens.This is a rather broad area of investigations in STS with a long history. Therefore we will have to select specific areas we will cover in more depth.
We will start by mapping the key-concerns and actors. We will then engage with questions of different forms of societal participation in governing technoscientific developments as well as in knowledge making. In a next step we will scrutinize the role of values, affect and responsibility when techno-sciences and society engage with each other. This leads to 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. Our journey will then take us into two specific ‘situations’: where science and law come to interact and where ‘data speak’ for society. Finally, we will look into risk and disaster situations and trace how communication and interaction works out there.

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 230 209).

Assessment and permitted materials

The grade will be based on the student’s performance at the written exam at the end of the term. Registration for the exam via u:space is obligatory. Questions will be based on the lecture and slides. Students are expected to develop a thorough understanding of the concepts introduced, and a qualified overview of the fields of research surveyed in the lecture. To perform well in the exam, students are advised to also consult the key literature for each unit (clearly identified on the slides). In this, it is not necessary to read every book and paper. Rather, students should selectively use the literature to deepen their understanding of key concepts introduced in the lecture. Further exam dates will be offered in the middle of the winter term, and the end of the winter term. These dates will be announced in September.
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 (approx. 900-1000 words). You will not be allowed to use the material from the classes (slides), but you can bring a paper dictionary. No list of potential questions will be available.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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

MA HPS neu: Modul 1.1, Modul 1.2, Modul 1.3

Last modified: Th 05.09.2019 12:55