Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After completing the course, the student:
- Is familiar with central frameworks from the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS);
- Can apply these frameworks to concrete cases of scientific and technological developments;
- Can critically reflect on the role of science and technology in society;
- Can clearly articulate findings in a range of communication formats.
This course is also available to students who are registered for the minor Innovatiewetenschappen. They have to contact Erika Dijksma (email@example.com) before 16 September 2019.|
Do you think science and technology are neutral tools in gaining economic and social prosperity? Do you think innovation is always a good thing? In this course, we will question such assumptions by studying the relation between science, technology, and society. This relationship is both complex and ambiguous. For example from a societal perspective, self-driving cars may bring profits to car companies and gains in car safety, but they also raise questions on individual autonomy and responsibility of drivers; genetically modified crops may increase yields, but may also increase the power of multinational corporations over smallholder farmers; and contraceptive pills may enable family planning but also put the responsibility for contraceptive measures with women instead of men. In short: science and technology can be highly political and innovation can have consequences whose desirability can be contested. This course aims to provide students with the tools and perspectives to explore and reflect on such politics and controversies.
By drawing on the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), students will learn to critically reflect on the relation between science, technology, and society. The students will learn a range of theoretical frameworks for understanding the relation between science, technology, and society, such as ‘large technological systems’, ‘actor-network theory’, and ‘social construction of technology’. And the students will learn to apply these frameworks to different controversial innovations.
|Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen|
- Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
- Global Sustainability Science
- Natuurwetenschap en Innovatiemanagement
|• Students must be registered for (one of) the following degree programme(s): Global Sustainability Science (track B&I), Science and Innovation Management.||Verplicht materiaal|
|The course will make use of materials which are provided before the start of the course, including a course book (t.b.a.) and/or a set of articles (t.b.a.).|
AlgemeenA range of different instructional modes is used in this course. During lectures, teachers introduce main theoretical frameworks and key concepts for understanding the relation between science, technology, and society. Students will work in groups in which course material is pro-actively processed through a range of different instructional modes, like essay writing, posters, and discussing documentaries.
|3.Other instructional formats|Toetsen
BeoordelingExamination consists of a combination of types of assessment, such as writing exercises, a written exam, and poster presentations.
Aspecten van academische vorming
| • Synthetiseren en structureren van informatie • Schrijven (algemeen) - diverse typen teksten plannen, schrijven, herschrijven en afwerken • Presenteren - een referaat/pleidooi voorbereiden, uitvoeren en evalueren • Samenwerken met anderen, werken in teamverband • Kennis hanteren in een bredere context • Ethisch perspectief • Maatschappelijke / culturele context |