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13.8.2019 at 09:00 - 2.9.2019 at 23:59
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Here is the course’s teaching schedule. Check the description for possible other schedules.

Tue 10.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 13.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 17.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 20.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 24.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 27.9.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 1.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 4.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 8.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 11.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Tue 15.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45
Fri 18.10.2019
14:15 - 15:45



The doctoral course ‘Science in society’ aims at developing participants' understanding about how science and scientific experts(/expertise) influence and relate to society and its institutions. the course also provides an opportunity to reflect upon the participants' own developing expertise in their fields of study.

The course is divided into three sections: general lectures, lectures on expertise, and lectures on the changing relation between science and its publics (see course outline below).

Required coursework

The first lecture starts with a short practical introduction to the course and required coursework.

The course completion entails:

1. Taking part of eight from a total of nine (8/9) lectures (very good excuses apply and cause extra coursework)

2. completing a weekly course diary exercise (see below)

3. writing a short preliminary text (see below)

Course diary:

We will use Yammer online software for the course diary. Yammer’s use will be instructed at the beginning of the first course lecture. (NB. you are still required to do the reading for the first lecture.) The Yammer course diary idea is this: Before each lecture, participants are required to familiarize with the provided readings AND then post a single comment of c. 250 words to Yammer (at the latest) the night before the lecture. In addition, participants are required to comment shortly (c. 100-150 words) on two (2) other participants’ postings – this is intended to generate discussion about the readings. You can determine the central point in the reading(s), and then elaborate on that, or if there is something that you did not understand or found difficult, you can also discuss that. The point is just to write and process the text, and perhaps also to provide the lecturer some clues as to what they should explain in more depth. In general: Do your best, be constructive, be short!

- Access, updated and full list of course readings will be provided to participants in first week of September 2019 on the course page!

Preliminary text (due 20.9.):

The participants are required to write one to two (1-2) page paper in which they a) freely reflect on their own developing expertise, and its relation to society and societal institutions (including the university). In addition, participants should b) single out some visible or otherwise prominent scholars (experts) in their field(s) of study (they can be international figures) and also c) single out one or more central controversies in their field(s) of study – write a short description/analysis about these as well. The deadline for the preliminary text is at the end of week 38 (preferably on Friday 20.9.). Post the text to jaakko.taipale(at)helsinki.fi

Some of the preliminary texts might be used during the course as resources for teaching and discussion.

Course outline:

Week 37

10.9. (Tue) 14-16 Kari Kantasalmi: ”Universities in Society: Diverse societal expectations and hybridity of organization?”

(Readings: Pfeffer & Stichweh (2015) Systems Theoretical Perspectives on Higher Education Policy and Governance ?

https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/helsinki-ebooks/detail.action?docI... Chapter 9 in part 1 of the book)

13.9. (Fri) 14-16 Antti Pelkonen: “The use of research-based evidence in policy-making”

(Readings: Nutley)

Week 38

17.9. (Tue) 14-16 Petri Ylikoski: “Has the ethos of science changed?”

(Readings: Ziman – Postacademic science)

20.9. (Fri) 14-16 Sampsa Saikkonen: “Expertise and expert knowledge in contemporary public sphere” (Readings: Shapin – Expertise, Common Sense, and the Atkins Diet)

Week 39

24.9. (Tue) 14-16 Inkeri Koskinen: “Democratisation of expertise”

(Readings: Maasen S and Weingart P – What’s new in Scientific advice to Politics?)

27.9. (Fri) 14-16 Jaakko Taipale: “Controversy and expertise ”

(TBA + Limoges - Expert knowledge and decision-making in controversy contexts)

Week 40

1.10. (Tue) [No lecture]

4.10. (Fri) 14-16 Esa Väliverronen: “From public understanding to engagement with science” (Readings: Bauer – 25 years of PUS survey; Saikkonen_Väliverronen_JCOM)

Week 41

8.10. (Tue) 14-16 Karoliina Snell: “Social sciences and humanities & responsible development of science in society” (Readings: Vezyridis and Timmons)

11.10. (Fri) 14-16 Mikko Rask: “Co-creation as a tool for responsible research”

(Readings: Rask et al. - Chapter 1)

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