Intensification in Science and Technology

Fabian Fischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, Projektarbeit (PA), 6.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04498


Critical Algorithm Studies

This course will tackle algorithms – broadly understood – from an cross-disciplinary perspective, including computer science, science & technology studies, legal studies, philosophy, sociology, political sciences and more. As the name implies, algorithms take center stage, but this course will also cover data (what algorithms operate on) and what is today debated as ‘Artificial Intelligence’.


This course starts off with the question what is an algorithm. Over the course of the semester, we will tackle questions of methods to study algorithms, imaginaries of algorithmic futures, culture and algorithms, inequality and algorithms, accountability and transparency, critical data studies, and the politics of algorithms and data.


The course will involve inputs by the lecturer but a large part will be reading texts alone and/or in groups, presenting the main arguments and discussing them together. Throughout the course, we will apply the texts’ contents to concrete case studies that students have to work on in groups or as individuals, leading finally to a comprehensive study of the case.

Examination Modalities

- active participation in class

- reading of assigned texts

- preparation and conduct of presentations

- final case study report


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


02 March 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Preliminary talk and topic assignment" (preliminary discussion)
09 March 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Introduction to Critical Algorithm Studies"
16 March 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "How to (Critically) Study Algorithms"
23 March 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Critical Data Studies"
20 April 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Algorithmic Cultures"
27 April 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Algorithmic Futures"
04 May 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Inequality and Algorithms"
11 May 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Algorithmic Accountability & Transparency"
25 May 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Data Feminism"
01 June 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Politics of Algorithms"
15 June 2023, 09:30–11:30 CDS Studio , "Wrap-up"

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 2: Science and Technology 569/020.02

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening / Application 700/002.20

Co-registration: not possible

Attending individual courses: not possible