Masters and PhD students
Johdatus tieteenfilosofiaan (tai vastaava)
Introduction to the philosophy of science (or equivalent)
Science & Technology Studies (STS) is a transdisciplinary approach that relies on a variety of social sciences such as sociology, social psychology, philosophy, anthropology and geography to understand knowledge-making processes in science and how technology is embedded in social contexts. The course focuses on the science part of STS (although recognising the overlap between both). The course spans 10 sessions in which we will read and discuss those key texts in STS from its precursors and foundational texts to contemporary approaches, paying attention also to critiques and debates.
The course has two objectives:
1) To become familiar with the main streams of thought in STS, the most important authors, situate them in their historical context, and understand how they relate to each other.
2) To be able to discuss different STS approaches in light of their different critiques and relate them to contemporary debates in the field.
The course will consist of 10 sessions. The texts for each session will be communicated to accepted students before the start of the course.
S2: Precursors of STS
S3: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge
S4: Feminist technoscience
S5: Actor-Network Theory
S6: Boundaries, standards and knowledge production
S8: Co-production imaginaries
S9: Turn to ontology
S10: Wrap-up session
Completion of the course requires:
- Reading of the compulsory texts and active participation in the class discussions.
- Presentation of one of the extra papers and leading of the following discussion
- Writing of a final paper (min. 5000; max 7000 words) that can take the shape of: a) a course diary + intro conclusion that summarizes the different discussions in each sessions and how they relate to each other or b) an investigation paper on a STS theme of your interest. Both options should, in any case, make wide use of the literature read throughout the seminar.
Related literature will be announced during the course.
An Examinarium examination will be held on the following books:
Kiikeri & Ylikoski 2004: Tiede tutkimuskohteena. Gaudeamus.
Shapin 1996: The Scientific Revolution. University of Chicago Press.
Hacking 2009: Mitä sosiaalinen konstruktionismi on? Vastapaino.
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0 = Fail, 1 = Passable, 2 = Satisfactory, 3 = Good, 4 = Very Good, 5 = Excellent)
Lecture course OR an Examinarium exam