OverviewThe course aims to develop an empirically grounded and theoretically engaged understanding of key debates in the contemporary governance of science and technology. It is interdisciplinary, bringing together perspectives from across the social sciences, science & engineering and the humanities to explore the social, political, economic and ethical implications of scientific progress. It takes on a global perspective and identifies key actors and processes in the normalization of scientific practice. Indicative topics include:
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The module will be composed of 11 lecture hours and 11 seminar hours.
Method of assessment
Assessment consists of a 10 minute seminar presentation (worth 20% of the grade), and one 4,000 word essay (worth 80% of the grade).
Essential Texts on the Social Studies of Science
Bauchspies, W. K. (2006) Science, Technology, and Society: A Sociological Approach, Malden, MA : Blackwell
Biagioli, M. (1999) The Science Studies Reader, New York: Routledge.
Bihker, W.E. and Law, J. (1992) Shaping Technology: Building Society Studies in Sociotechnical Change, Cambridge, Mass ; London: MIT Press
David, M. (2005) Science in Society, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Franklin, S. (2013) Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship, Durham, NC: Duke University Press
Johnson, D. and Wetmore, J. (2008) Technology and Society: Building Our Sociotechnical Future, Cambridge, Mass. and London: MIT Press
Kuhn, T.S. (1996) The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Chicago, Ill. and London: University of Chicago Press
Latour, B (1988) Science in Action: How to Follow Scientists and Engineers Through Society. Cambridge, Mass and London: Harvard University Press
Mackenzie, D.A. and Wajcman, J. (1999) The Social Shaping of Technology, Philadelphia, PA: Open University Press
Matthewman, S. (2011) Technology & Social Theory, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Massimiano B. (2004) Science in Society: An Introduction to Social Studies of Science, London: Rutledge
Rupert, H.A. (1994) Science and Society: Historical Essays on the Relations of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Aldershot ; Brookfield, Vt.: Variorum
Webster, A. (1991) Science, Technology, and Society: New Directions, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Wyer, M. et al (eds) (2009) Women, Science, and Technology: A Reader in Feminist Science Studies (2nd edition), New York: Routledge
Key Monographs/Collections on Scientific Governance
Adger, W.N. and Jordan, A. (2009) Governing Sustainability, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Bunton, R. and Petersen, A. (2005) Genetic Governance Health, Risk and Ethics in a Biotech Era, London: Routledge
Delanghe, H.; Muldur, U. and Soete, L. (eds) (2011) European Science and Technology Policy: Towards Integration or Fragmentation, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
Drori G.S., Meyer J.W., Ramirez F.O. and Schofer E. (2003), Science in the Modern World Polity: Institutionalization and Globalization, Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press.
Flynn, J.; Slovic, P; Kunreuther, H. (2001) Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding Public Challenges to Modern Science and Technology, London and Sterling, VA : Earthscan
Fuller, S. (2000) The Governance of Science: Ideology and the Future of the Open Society, Buckingham ; Philadelphia : Open University Press
Guston, D. H. and Sarewitz, D. (eds) (2006) Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research, Madison, Wisconsin and London: University of Wisconsin Press
Jackson, E. (2001) Regulating Reproduction: Law, Technology and Autonomy, Oxford: Hart
Jasanoff, S. (2007) Designs on Nature: Science and Democracy in Europe and the United States, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
Latour, B. (2004) Politics of Nature: How to Bring the Sciences into Democracy, Cambridge, Mass. and London: Harvard University Press
McTeer, M.A. (2003) Law, Science and Public Policy: Science's Needs and Society's Rights, London : Canadian High Commission
Salter, B. (2004) The New Politics of Medicine, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Saulnier, J. B. and Varella, M. D. (2013) Global Change, Energy Issues and Regulation Policies, London: Springer, London: Springer
Roger, B. and Yeung, K. (2008) Regulating Technologies: Legal Futures, Regulatory Frames and Technological Fixes, Oxford: Hart
Rose, N. (2007) The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power, and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century, Princeton, NJ ; Oxford : Princeton University Press
Rosen, J. and Wittes B. (2013) Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, Brookings Institution
Atkinson, P.; Glasner, P,E, and Lock, M (eds) (2009) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomi
Specific learning outcomes
1. Be familiar with the historical context of contemporary social ambivalence toward emerging science and technologies.
2. Understand the key debates and main actors in shaping scientific practice.
3. Be able to take on an interdisciplinary approach in assessing the impact of science, and assess the value of the range of research methods
4. Be able to apply key theories of science and technology studies (STS) to the analysis of contemporary issues and critically evaluate the effectiveness of different forms of scientific governance.
5. Understand both the limit and strength of social sciences and natural sciences.
Generic learning outcomes
At the end of this module successful students will acquire:
1. The ability to communicate ideas to both academic and general audiences in written and oral media.
2. Skills of critical thinking and evaluation, particularly on competing interpretations of scientific risks.
3. Be able to synthesise and evaluate knowledge from different disciplines and schools of thoughts.