Intensification in Science and Technology

Fabian Fischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, Projektarbeit (PA), 6.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04498

Description

On the Relations of Science, Technology and Society

What is science and what is technology? How do they relate to society? And how can we best understand these relationships? This course will tackle these and additional questions, drawing heavily on theories and concepts from Science & Technology Studies (STS). We will explore why it is important in our times to understand in which ways science, technology and society are entangled. The course covers broadly four topical areas. First we investigate what can be gained from analysing science as a social enterprise. Secondly, we will take a closer look at technology and its various ways of interrelating with society. Third, we will discuss how Actor-Network Theory, including its most recent developments, help us understand the complex relations between science, technology and society. Finally, the idiom of co-production provides a different view how science and technology on the one hand and society on the other mutually shape each other.

The core of this course is to learn to work with theories and concepts: How do they relate to methods? What are theories? How can we make theories work for different case studies? Consequently, an important part of this course is the reading and discussion of theoretical texts and how they can be applied in a project, to understand what theories allow us to see or not to see. The latter is done in the form of an essay.

Examination Modalities

The examination consists of the following parts:

- Active participation during class (15%)

- Preparation and moderation of one discussion workshop, including the creation of a hand-out (25%)

- Reading of texts and writing reading reflections (20%)

- Applying the theories in/on a project (essay of 3000 words minimum, excl. bibliography) (40%)

Comments

Students from other study programs or other universities are welcome, provided the room capacity permits.

Key Words

STS, Science and Technology Studies, Theory work

Dates

06 October 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Organisational, course overview and input" (preliminary discussion)
13 October 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Introduction"
20 October 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Discussion Workshop: Science as social enterprise"
27 October 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Science as social enterprise I"
03 November 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Science as social enterprise II"
10 November 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Discussion Workshop: Technology and Society"
17 November 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Technology and society I"
24 November 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Technology and society II"
01 December 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Discussion Workshop: (Post-)ANT"
15 December 2022, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: (Post-)ANT I"
12 January 2023, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: (Post-)ANT II"
19 January 2023, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Discussion Workshop: Co-Production"
26 January 2023, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Co-Production I"
02 February 2023, 09:15–11:00 CDS Studio , "Input: Co-Production II and wrap-up"

Course Enrolment

Until 31 October 2022, 23:55
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 2: Science and Technology

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible