233045 SE Controversial technologies (2020W)
analytical approaches and governance options
- Registration is open from Th 03.09.2020 09:00 to We 23.09.2020 23:59
- Deregistration possible until Su 25.10.2020 23:59
Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N
Adapted Teaching Format
In compliance with the current COVID-19 rules of the University of Vienna this class will be taught in a hybrid teaching format, part in presence and part online. If the number of participants exceeds the maximum number of people that can be taught in presence in the lecture room of the Department of Science and Technology Studies, the class will be split in two groups that alternate between presence-based and remote learning.
Aims, contents and method of the course
Assessment and permitted materials
- Choose an empirical case (a technology and/or science controversy) at the beginning of the course.
- Present ca. three scholarly texts (journal papers or book chapters) throughout the course in enough detail to allow for all participants to transfer pertinent contents to the discussion of their own empirical case.
- Document the transfer of pertinent contents of presented literature in a short written response (ca. one page) after each session (to be handed in via email before the consecutive session).
- Undertake ca. three small empirical exercises in relation the chosen empirical case and document outcome (ca. 2 pages each to be handed in until the consecutive session).
- Formulate concrete practical recommendations for the chosen empirical case at the end of the course (2 pages maximum), present and discuss them in class.
- The final text of this exercise is to be handed in until March, 15th. It should include a discussion of all recommendations with references to pertaining scholarly literature and empirical data (in total ca. 5 pages).
- Participate actively in the discussions of all sessions, reflect on their own presumptions and elaborate on their own positions.
- Adhere to the general standards of good academic practice.This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.
Minimum requirements and assessment criteria
Written transfer of literature to empirical case (assessed individually): 10 points
Small empirical exercises (assessed individually or in small teams): 20 points
Formulation, presentation and discussion of recommendations (oral and written, assessed individually or in small teams): 30 points
Active participation (assessed individually): 20 pointsMinimum 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)