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Science in Society
Cursus informatieRooster
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Betawetenschappen; BETA-GST;
Contactpersoondr. R.P. Verhoeff
drs. F.W. van Dam
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. R.P. Verhoeff
Overige cursussen docent
4  (23-04-2019 t/m 05-07-2019)
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-01-2019 t/m 24-02-2019
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 01-04-2019 t/m 02-04-2019
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
After this course:
  • you understand the position of modern science in society.
  • you can analyze society’s responses to science, in particular in the case of contested science.
  • you are able to distinguish and explain different types of expertise, and use this typology to analyze the roles that scientists play in present-day public issues
  • you are able to formulate a well-substantiated opinion about scientific expertise and the relation between science and society in an essayistic style
  • you can describe core elements (norms / values / roles) that together make up the professional identity of a starting professional in the field of science and society
  • you are able to critically read and reflect on the core texts of Science and Technology Studies
  • you are able to explain the central concepts and models from the field of STS, their applicability to ‘public science’ and the implications for science communication
Many of the big developments in our current society are related to science and technology. We look at scientists to identify problems and propose solutions. New technologies have great impact on our daily lives, and often raise even bigger expectations about their future impact. At the same time, the position of (academic) science seems to be under pressure. The authority of scientists as public ‘experts’ is not self-evident anymore. Scientific knowledge has become a topic of public debates.
In this course we reflect on these changes and discuss the possible implications of these shifts for master students in their future professional life. We will use the models and approaches of Science and Technology Studies (STS, a.k.a. Social Studies of Science) as the foundation for these discussions. At the end of this course you will be able to formulate an informed answer to questions like: why and how do controversies around science and technology evolve? How can we define expertise and what different types of expertise can be distinguished? What is the role of experts in public debates? How are scientific concepts and theories used in public arguments by different stakeholders? What does this mean for the role of scientists and universities? How do I envision my role as a communicative professional?
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • History and Philosophy of Science
    • Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in Biologie
    • Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in Natuurkunde
    • Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in Scheikunde
    • Leraar Voorbereidend Hoger Onderwijs in Wiskunde
    • Science Education and Communication
  • Toelatingsbeschikking voor de master toegekend
Verplicht materiaal

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
The student is expected to have read the required literature, sought additional literature and to have done her/his group work prior to each meeting.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
The student is expected to have made meaningful and evident contributions to the group work and peer feedback sessions.

Minimum cijfer-

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