233044 SE Power, politics, and technology in the 21st century (2019W)
STS in action
- Registration is open from Mo 02.09.2019 08:00 to Su 22.09.2019 23:59
- Registration is open from Tu 24.09.2019 08:00 to Su 13.10.2019 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Fr 01.11.2019 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
- Prepare and present two oral inputs on the mandatory literature of a class (as group work), supporting this input by a handout or slides (handed in through email in the morning of the class).
- Write and hand in:
Two (one A4 page long each) reading reflections, in which you act as a critical (yet empathic) reviewer of the mandatory literature discussed in class; and
A (one A4 page long) post-class reflection, in which you report on an artefact, such as a newspaper report or a tweet, that you think exemplifies what we have discussed in class
- Prepare a short presentation of your case, what you take it to be an instance of, and how you plan to engage with it, and present it in class in January 2020 (either alone or in a group)
- Write a seminar paper (of 3.000- 4.000 words), in which you engage with an empirical case with the help of lenses discussed in class (either alone or as a group work), submitting this by February 28, 2020
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
The grading scheme is based on a total of 100 points. These points will be awarded in relation to students’ performance in meeting the course learning aims in the different obligatory tasks.
The maximum number of points to be acquired for each task is:Two oral inputs: 20 points, Assessed as group work, Feedback on request;
Two reading reflections, and a post-class reflection diary: 15 points,
Assessed individually, Feedback on request;
Short presentation of your case: 15 points, Assessed individually/as group work, Feedback by lecturer;
Seminar paper: 40 points, Assessed individually/as group work, Feedback on request;
Active participation in class: 10 points, Assessed individually, Feedback on request;Minimum requirements
A minimum of 50 points is necessary to successfully complete the course. Failure to meet the attendance regulations, to deliver course assignments on time or to adhere to standards of academic work may result in a deduction of points.Grades
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)Attendance
Presence and participation is compulsory. Absences of four hours at maximum are tolerated, provided that the lecturer is informed about the absence. Absences of up to eight hours in total may be compensated by either a deduction of grading points or/and extra work agreed with the lecturer. Whether compensation is possible is decided by the lecturer.
Absences of more than eight hours in total cannot be compensated. In this case, or if the lecturer does not allow a student to compensate absences of more than four hours, the course cannot be completed and is graded as a ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfil the attendance requirements on the student’s side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.Important Grading Information
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme and the attendance regulations must be met. If a required task is not fulfilled, e.g. a required assignment is not handed in or if the student does not meet the attendance requirements, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness). In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate this in a timely manner, and to provide relevant evidence to their claims if necessary. Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.
If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’. Self-plagiarism, particularly re-using own work handed in for other courses, will be treated likewise.