6 August 2010
Public Engagement and Governance of Science in different Techno-political Cultures
The course addresses the normative, conceptual and policy issues in contemporary debates and realisations of public engagement and governance of science and technology. The increasing use of the notion of governance denotes a shift from government, i.e. a traditional mode of ordering society, where power rests in the hands of formal public institutions and the state, to new more distributed constellations of decision-making and power. The emergence of governance is often argumentatively linked to a decline in the ability of central governments to effectively steer society, the failure of traditional decision-making structures and a growing alienation of citizens from central power. This poses challenging questions about the relationship between governance and government and the identity of new actors and their role in these processes of shaping society.
Professor Ulrike Felt, Department of Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna, Austria
By the end of this course, students will be able to: rnrn- understand the different meanings and normative ideals behind the notion of governance of science and technology; rnrn- overview the breadth of the realisation of engagement settings and the dynamics at work within them; rnrn- investigate the more fine-grained mechanisms at work in such engagement exercises and understand the performative forces at work; rnrn- identify the inherent more problematic perspectives of engagement and governance; rnrn- fully grasp the role techno-political cultures play in the governance of science as well as in engagement exercises and thus of comparative work to be done
NOK 3000: The fee cover parts of the required reading material, food and social arrangements.