259.446 Science and the quest for knowledge Canceled
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, SE, 1.0h, 1.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.0
  • Type: SE Seminar

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to critically review science and (in contrast to science) other methods of gaining "truth".

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This course aims to encourage general critical reflections regarding the role of science and the scientific method in generation of knowledge. The central objective thereby is to discuss the relative standing of science amongst other expressions of human quest for understanding and interpreting the natural world and the human condition.

Subject of course

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This course addresses the quintessence of the scientific worldview in the context of other traditions and institutions invested in understanding and interpreting the world. An introductory treatment of science will be followed by a number of sessions, whereby internet-based ressources (videos of public presentations and/or discussions) will be collectively viewed and subsequently discussed. These videos relate to traditions and institutions in the areas of arts, philosophy, religion, politics, and ethics. The focus will be on the "how" and "why" questions, their meaning as relevant to the natural world and social settings, and if and to which extent they can be answered by science alone.

Teaching methods

  • In-depth discussion in class.

Mode of examination


Additional information


  • 23.10.2018 - Introduction #1 & Administration
  • 30.10.2018 - Introduction #2
  • 06.11.2018 - Discourse-Session // 
  • 13.11.2018 - Discourse-Session //
  • 20.11.2018 - Discourse-Session //
  • 27.11.2018 - Reflections.
  • 04.12.2018 - Reserve/Supplementary session.

All units require full and mandatory presence.


lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at (Subject: Number of lecture & issue)

E-Mails to other adresses can and will not be processed.

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Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: https://www.tuwien.at/fileadmin/Assets/dienstleister/Datenschutz_und_Dokumentenmanagement/Plagiarism.pdf



Examination modalities

Presence, Active contribution to the discussion in class, timely delivery of brief written reflections

In Detail:

  • "Pre-Work" in TUWEL
  • Presence in all sessions (full time)
  • Written reflections of the corresponding session, based on a template (available via TUWEL) that encompass the viewed ressources and related discussions. Timely delivery of these written reflections via TUWEL.

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
06.10.2019 00:01 22.10.2019 23:59 22.10.2019 23:59

Registration modalities:

Note: There is a "pre-work" required to perform to be able to attend (in TUWEL!)

Application is currently locked manually.



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest on the discussed issues.

This course may not be appropriate for colleagues who are not interested in general conceptional reflections regarding science and culture. Thus, such colleagues may want to consider taking a different course.

Accompanying courses