Changes in the Research System and training "Writing a Research Proposal"
Full course descriptionThe purpose of this course is two-fold. First, it introduces students to recent changes in the relationships between science, technology and society, and notably changes in the research system. Second, it teaches students to write a research proposal, following a common format for such proposals. This proposal has to focus on a topic that has a clear link with the subject of the course, should draw on literature mentioned in the course book and on discussions in class. At the same time, these requirements leave ample room to develop students' own interests.
Course objectivesThe course teaches students - to apply the concepts and skills taught in the CAST courses 1A and 1B to a new area of research - to understand recent changes in the relationships between, science, technology and society, most notably changes in the research system, and related normative and political issues - to develop their own problem within the context of a wider research area, and to develop their own perspective on that problem - to collaborate within a research team, by sharing intellectual and material (re)sources and by commenting on the progress of fellow students - the basic outlines of the funding structures of scientific research and where to find research funds for projects in the CAST domains - the basics of skills for writing research proposals - to orally present research ideas in a convincing manner
PrerequisitesBeing registered as CAST student
Recommended readingFuntowicz, S. O., & Ravetz, J. R. (1993). Science for the post-normal age. Futures, 25(7), 739-755. Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., & Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework for responsible innovation. Research Policy, 42(9), 1568-1580.
6 Jan 2020
31 Jan 2020
Teaching methods:Lecture(s), Assignment(s), Skills, Training(s)
Assessment methods:Final paper, Presentation
Keywords:• Research system, research ethics, normative and political aspects of science and technology, philosophical analysis, research funding structures, research proposal grant writing.