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442611 SE Science career development II: Responsibility of and in research (2019W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 16.10. 09:00 - 10:00 Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien (Kickoff Class)
Wednesday 13.11. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien
Wednesday 04.12. 09:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum, Zi. 3354A, Boltzmanngasse 5, 3. Stk., 1090 Wien


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar for PhD students aims to provide them with a space to learn about and reflect upon questions of responsibility in science, and of science towards society. In todays world, science & technology have the potential to quite fundamentally change the worlds we live in. Therefore researchers are increasingly encouraged to reflect on societal benefits and concerns related to their research fields. Amongst others, the principle “Responsible Research” is increasingly highlighted by universities and funding institutions. In this workshop, PhD students learn to reflect about responsibility and to relate this reflection to their own work. This means thinking about how to do research and what responsibilities are related to this (often labelled “good scientific practice”). But it also means thinking about what the knowledge produced potentially means for wider societal contexts.
The seminar is organized in a very interactive way and will consist of discussion intensive lecture parts and discussion groups among PhD students.
Debating with colleagues and developing ideas together on what it means to act responsibly in concrete research practices are of key importance for the didactic approach of this seminar. The skills and practices developed in the seminar support a more nuanced communication of one’s own scientific research to different audiences, but are also valued in many areas of contemporary labor markets in academia and beyond.

Assessment and permitted materials

To pass the seminar, students are expected to complete the following tasks:
1) to actively engage in class
2) to prepare the reading which will be distributed
3) to write a short essay reflecting on the take-ways from the seminar.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students have to participate in the 2 days of the seminar and have to complete all three tasks.
The Active engagement will account for 50% of the grade; preparation of the reading and writing of the essay will each contribute with 25% each.
The grading of the course is based on the separate assessment of the different tasks on a scale of 1-5.

Examination topics

Reading list

A short list of readings will be introduced at the first meeting on October 16, 2019.

Association in the course directory

M-ERG, MaP 3

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