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Governing Science, Society and Expertise

Course
2022-2023

Admission requirements

The course is meant for Honours students of FGGA.
Maximum number of students: 25-30.

Description

This course introduces students to the sometimes tense relationship between politics, society and experts. The class shows the different ways in which problems and issues in society, business and politics are identified, how they can be addressed, and how students may orient themselves on advising on such problems and issues in their future career. Throughout the course students are made aware of scientific ‘lenses’ on reality to get a sharp analytical view on problems and issues, and what it means when we speak about ‘innovation’ in science and research for addressing problems in the real world. The course will further include a simulation game to experience the interplay of government, research, non-governmental stakeholders and society.

Course objectives

The goal of the course is to get a sense of how politics, science and society are connected regarding today’s global challenges and what role expertise, money and power can play in these dynamics. The course introduces students to a variety of lenses and enhances critical and analytical thinking with tools from different disciplines. These skills will be put to use during the simulation game at the end of the coThe goal of the course is to get a sense of how politics, science and society are connected regarding today’s global challenges and what role expertise, money and power can play in these dynamics. The course introduces students to a variety of lenses and enhances critical and analytical thinking with tools from different disciplines. These skills will be put to use during the simulation game at the end of the course.

Timetable

On the right side of programme front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

The course contains a mixture of lectures, guest speakers, in-class group assignments, discussions and a simulation. Main emphasis is on the interaction among students, with guest lecturers and discussions during the lecture.

Total study load 140 hrs – contact hours: 18 – self-study hours: 122

Assessment method

The final grade is based on a variation of different assignments that run throughout the course.
These include:

  • Discussion questions (10%)

  • Written assignment (20%)

  • Final Paper (70%)

Reading list

The reading list containing a mixture of articles and book chapters will be made available on the Brightspace page approximately two weeks before the start of the course.

Registration

Please note: USIS and Brightspace registration will be done centrally.

Contact

Dr. Sarah Giest Honours Coordinator

Remarks

Brightspace is indispensable for this course. All assignments will be made available and need to be handed in via Brighspace. The page is available approximately two weeks before the course starts.