Topics in Science and Technology

Fabian Fischer
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023W, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04950

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, we move to a more macro perspective, how, e.g., science and the state relate differently in different regions.

Examination Modalities

The following contributes to the grade:

- Active participation in class

- Questions on readings

- Final written assignment

Comments

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

Key Words

Science and Technology Studies, Actor-Network Theory, ANT, Social Studies of Science, STS, Technology Studies

Dates

12 October 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Preliminary talk and introduction" (preliminary discussion)
09 November 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Science as a social enterprise I"
23 November 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Science as a social enterprise II"
30 November 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Technology and Society I"
07 December 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Technology and Society II"
14 December 2023, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Actor-Network Theory I"
11 January 2024, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Actor-Network Theory II: Post-ANT"
18 January 2024, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "TBD"
25 January 2024, 13:00–15:30 CDS Studio , "Wrap-up"

Course Enrolment

Until 31 October 2023, 23:59
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 1-3: Study Area 2: Science and Technology 569/020.02

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

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application 700/004.20

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible