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233045 SE Governing Bodies (2021W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work
MIXED

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If the number of students in the course is 24 or less, the course will be held entirely in presence in the seminar room of the Department of Science and Technology Studies.
If the number of students is 25 or more, the course will be offered in a hybrid format, in which 24 students are present and the exceeding number of students participates remotely. The concrete organization of the hybrid mode will be communicated and agreed on in the first course unit.

EXCURSIONS: 29 October 2021; and TBD (potentially) on 26 November 2021.

Friday 15.10. 11:30 - 13:30 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Friday 29.10. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 05.11. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 12.11. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 19.11. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 26.11. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 03.12. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 10.12. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 17.12. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 14.01. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien
Friday 21.01. 11:30 - 13:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum STS, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/6. Stock, 1010 Wien

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

20.09.2021:
Look around you; look at yourself - bodies are everywhere, and everywhere they are governed by forces sometimes invisible and opaque, sometimes fierce and violent.

In this class, we turn our attention to bodies as subjects and objects of governance and power. Together, we will trouble the notion of the fixed, skin-bounded, biological body and take governance/power as productive forces that make and break bodies. Centering our senses on bodies, we open a space to be moved and inspired to take the body as our joint unit of analysis. From this point, we ask questions such as:

● What is power and how does it work?
● When do we feel power(ful) and where do we fit in hierarchies of gender, race, religion, sexuality, age, able-bodiedness, and/or more?
● How is power embodied and internalized; what is the psychic life of power?
● How do our senses shape our knowledge of the world?
● How can we think power on a planet richly populated by more-than-human bodies?
● Ultimately: how can we, as researchers, be more attentive to embodied “Others”?

Using academic texts, multi-media content, and embodied experience by way of two class excursions (10/29 & 11/26), we will develop a better understanding of how bodies are governed and the bodies that govern us. Students are encouraged to be bold with theory and creative in their own projects. The class will provide you with a toolkit to engage with power and governance as forces and material structures that make, distort, work on, neglect, put to death, enliven, enhance, conduct, and affect bodies in multiple ways. With bodies as key categories of analysis in social science research, this toolkit will prepare students for their own work and future research.

[In recent years, the intersection of politics and technologies in democracies have become problematic in new ways. We can hardly open a newspaper without reading, say, enthusiastic reports on how ‘big data’ and/or artificial intelligence will finally defeat human illnesses, or how smart technologies can mitigate the globe’s most urgent problems. Next to these enthusiastic reports, we might also encounter critical voices who underline that big data is biased and therefore more likely to be beneficial for some groups rather than others; or we might read urgent pleas to impose a global moratorium on genome editing. The red line that cuts across these examples are substantial debates on the promises, threats, or agency of technologies and our human capacity to oversee and govern these technologies. How can STS help us to engage with this new imbroglio between technologies and politics in democracies at the beginning of the 21st century? This will be the guiding question of our seminar.

The seminar’s ambition is to deepen our knowledge on theories and sensitizing concepts that scholars in STS and in related fields of inquiry have developed to engage with the myriad topics at the intersections between “technology”, “power”, and “morality.” Many of the examples used in class will relate to biotechnologies and the life sciences. However, students are allowed and also encouraged to adapt some of the concepts and tools discussed in class to think through other technologies.]

Assessment and permitted materials

20.09.2021:
To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks (more details below):
1. Active participation in class (5 points).
2. Prepare reading responses / implosion exercises on the mandatory literature (45 points).
3. Hand in three short essays in response to our excursions (2) and to a breather session (1) before winter break (15 points).
4. Prepare a final "mini-project" in a format/genre of your choice (25 points).
5. Provide peer feedback to one of your colleagues on their final project (10 points).

This course uses the plagiarism-detection service Turnitin for larger assignments.

[To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
1. Active participation in class (10 points);
2. Prepare and present an oral input on the mandatory literature of a class (as individual or group work), supporting this input by a handout or slides (handed in through email in the morning of the class) (15 points)
3. Hand in four (one A4 page long each) reading reflections, in which you act as a critical (yet empathic) reviewer of the mandatory literature discussed in class (20 points);
4. Prepare a short presentation of a case study (individual or in group) (15 points);
5. Write a seminar paper (of 3.000-4.000 words) (40 points).]

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

20.09.2021:
Grading Scheme
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:
Active Participation: 5 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
Reading Responses / Implosion Exercises: 45 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
Short Essays: 15 points, assessed individually, feedback on request
Peer Feedback: 10 points, assessed individually, no feedback
“Mini Project”: 25 points, assessed individually OR as a group, peer-feedback / no feedback by lecturers

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
100-89 points Excellent (1)
88-76 points Good (2)
75-63 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 lecturers are 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.

[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)]

Examination topics

Reading list

Mandatory Literature
All literature and links will be made available via Moodle and via the course reader.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Tu 21.09.2021 12:09