Introduction in Society, Science and Technology Studies
Volledige vakbeschrijvingThe basic characteristic of the ESST programme is an insistence on the necessity to think about social, cultural, historical, political and economic circumstances in order to understand the evolution of science and technology. The development of science is often seen as, in essence, an autonomous process - a process of gradual accumulation of knowledge, driven by purely internal imperatives, such as the search for truth. In the same vein, technology has been largely considered as a process of applied science, a kind of “lesser cousin”, which simply followed from previous scientific advance. The field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) challenges this perspective. The first module in the ESST programme will introduce students into the field of STS. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the argument that understanding the development of science and technology involves the recognition that internal scientific and technological advance occurs in the context of powerful social and economic forces, which shape the development of both science and technology, while also influencing the impact of any advances. Besides the foundations of STS, this module will also discuss several STS approaches on how to tackle the study of living in today’s technological culture.
Doelstellingen van dit vakThe aim of this course is on developing the student’s ability to recognize the different perspectives on technological innovations and scientific developments and their relation on society (e.g. deterministic and interactive perspectives) and vice versa, and to critically reflect upon the opportunities and challenges of these changes (e.g. their unintended consequences and policy and public responses).
Aanbevolen literatuurBijker, W.E., Hughes T.P., & Pinch T. (2012). The Social Construction of Technological Systems. New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, Cambridge MA.: MIT Press.
30 aug 2021
24 sep 2021
Taal van de opleiding:Engels
Onderwijsmethode:Assignment(s), PBL, Work in subgroups, Lecture(s), Presentation(s), Skills
Evaluatiemethoden:Participation, Final paper
Trefwoorden:Sociology of science & technology, technological determinism, progress and (dis)utopia, Social Construction of Technology, Actor-Network Theory, Large Technological Systems, philosophy and ethics of science & technology.