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SOCI309 Special Topic 2: Science, Technology and Post-capitalist Futures

Use of theory within Science and Technology studies to better understand new dynamics in social and economic life and to explore prospects and possibilities for post-capitalist futures.

This paper is fully internally assessed.

Paper title Special Topic 2: Science, Technology and Post-capitalist Futures
Paper code SOCI309
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
54 200-level points from Arts and Music Schedule C
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
This paper will be available to Sociology majors and other BA students who are interested in the topic who meet the prerequisites.
Contact
sgsw@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Katharine Legun
Paper Structure
The paper utilises thirteen 2-hour lectures plus weekly tutorials
Teaching Arrangements
Lectures: Two hours per week.

Tutorials: One hour per week, starting from the second week
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Global perspective, Information literacy, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Research, Scholarship, Self-motivation, Teamwork, Environmental literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the paper will be able to:
  • Identify key theoretical ideas emerging from recent work in science and technology studies (STS) and be able to identify key positions of theorists and their relevance to specific cases.
  • Using STS theorisation, apply specific approaches to methodology informed by Actor Network Theory.
  • Display knowledge of relevant cases of new technologies that have proven to be socially transformative.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake critical thinking and reflection, positioning themselves in the context of wider controversies.
  • Communicate theoretical ideas through research, analysis and writing.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 12:00-13:50 28, 30-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 30-34, 36-41