SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE
SOCIOLOGIA DELLA SCIENZA
Science, technoscience, and scientific research in contemporary society
Scienza, tecnoscienza e ricerca scientifica nella società contemporanea
|Lecturer||Office hours for students|
|Raffaella Santi||Second Semester: by email appoitment, Polo "Volponi", via Saffi 15 (office of the Lecturers in English).|
Assigned to the Degree Course
Institutional course: to know, to understand and to be able to analyze the concepts, theories and methods of the Sociology of Science; specialized course: to become fully aware of the complex relationship among science, technological innovation, scientific research and contemporary society; to understand the major dynamics and problems of this comlex relationship, and to be able to reason on these matters in an authonoumous manner.
This course (taught in Italian) is divided into two: an institutional course, in which are analyzed the major subjects and the principal theoretic approaches in the Sociology of science; and a specialized course, focused on the theme of the relationship among science, technological innovation, scientific research and contemporary society.
Syllabus: Introduction to the course. A. Institutional course: 1. Comte, Durkheim and the birth of Sociology; 2. From Sociology of knowledge to Sociology of science; 3. The Mertonian paradigm; 4. Post-Mertonian Theories (SSK, SCOT, STS); 5. The analysis of Pierre Bourdieu. B. Specialized course: 6. Science and society today; 7. Scientists and anti-scientists; 8. Communicating science; 9. Science and technology; 10. Technophrenics or technophobics?; 11. Technology and everyday life; 12. Scientific research; 13. International contexts of scientific research; 14. Research Politics and the “third mission”; 15. Research evaluation.
Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)
With regard to the Sociology of science, students must show: that they know the contents of the discipine at a specialized lever, that they understand its advanced concepts and that they know how to use its patterns of knowledge and concepts, in order to reason in an authonomous manner on the problems inherent to the discipline itself.
The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it
Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment
Lectures and seminars.
It's not compulsory.
- Course books
1. Andrea Cerroni e Zenia Simonella, Sociologia della scienza. Capire la scienza per capire la società contemporanea, Carocci, Roma 2014 (pp. 245). 2. Carlo Enrico Bottani, Il mestiere della scienza. La ricerca scientifica fra artigianato e Big Science, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2015 (pp. 133). 3. Observa Science in Society, Annuario Scienza, Tecnologia e Società 2016, con un approfondimento sulla comunicazione della ricerca, il Mulino, Bologna 2016 (pp. 192, da scorporare i grafici; pagine effettive da studiare n. 73). 4. Massimiano Bucchi, Scientisti e antiscientisti. Perché scienza e società non si capiscono, il Mulino, Bologna 2010 (pp. 121).
Additional Information for Non-Attending Students
Didactic mterials available on the Moodle platform (see above).
It's not compulsory.
- Course books
The same indicated above.
Please note that this course is taught in Italian. However, for the exam, international students are free to choose their preferred language: Italian, English or French.
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