280.742 - Technē/Techno – Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Society
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, SE, 1.5h, 3.0EC
TUWEL

Properties

  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

... discuss the foundational sociological/philosophical terms and interpretation for/of the relations between technology and society. Following the discipline’s history of thought, the students can differentiate between the various approaches and identify similarities and critical differences. Along the examples of historical and modern technologies, the students can discuss the role of technology in topics such as concepts of nature, definitions of the human, the constitution of society, art and culture, body and gender, work and labor, city and urbanity as well as progress and societal change. Furthermore, the students are able to transfer these perspectives on the topics of spatial planning and make use of them in professional practice. Through the intensive examination of original texts and the continues keeping of a reading journal, the students will lastly have developed a routine in the systematic reading of academic literature.

 

 

Subject of course

The seminar starts with an introductory overview on the history of sociological and philosophical perspectives on technology (U 01). The following units organised in two blocks: 1. “Philosophical and Sociological Foundations” (U 02-06) and 2. “Contemporary Topics in the Social Study of Technology” (U 07-11). The seminar closes with a wrap-up discussion on the previous topics and an exploratory transfer to current and future issues in spatial planning.

Structure of the seminar

1. Introduction

  • U 01 // Introduction. Overview sociology and philosophy of technology. Foundational terms. Introduction to the reading grid/reading journal. Literature: Nina Degele.
  • 2. Philosophical and Sociological Foundation
  • U 02 // Perspective: Philosophy and Anthropology of Technology. Antique philosophy of technology (“techne” in Aristoteles’s/Platon’s work). Technology and nature. Division of art and artificial. Literature: Hans Blumenberg.
  • U 03 // Perspective: Critical Theory. Technology and modernity (technical rationality). Literature: Jürgen Habermas.
  • U 04 // Perspective: Constructivism. Social factors of technological development. Technology and societal change. Infrastructures as socio-technical systems. Literature: Trevor Pinch & Wiebe E. Bieker; Thomas P. Hughes.
  • U 05 // Perspective: Actor-Network Theory (ANT). Technology and agency/action/practice. The agency of technological objects. Literature: Bruno Latour.
  • U 06 (Vera Bühlmann) // Perspective: Anthropocene/Philosophy of Nature. Literature: Michel Serres.

3. Contemporary Topics in the Social Study of Technology

  • U 07 (Simon Güntner) // Perspective: Postcolonial Theory. Technology and power/knowledge. Hegemonial technologies. Literature: W. Anderson.
  • U 08 (Flora Löffelmann) // Perspective: Feminist Techno-Science. Technology and Gender. Literature: R.M. Shelby.
  • U 09 (Flora Löffelmann) // Perspective: Feminist Techno-Science. Technology and Body. Cyborg, Trans- and Posthumanism. Literature: M. Rossini.
  • U 10 // Perspective: Critical Data Studies. Technological control and Big Data. Techno-Science. Automation, standardisation and measurement. Literature: R. Kitchin.
  • U 11 (Henk Wiechers) // Perspective: Geography of Infrastructure. Technology and Infrastructures. Platform Urbanism. Literature: J. Stehlin, M. Hodson & A. McMeekin.

4. Wrap-Up

  • U 12 // Wrap-up and critical discussion of the introduced perspectives. Linkages to current and future topics in spatial planning. Reflection and feedback.

Teaching methods

•    Every session follows a topic and a specific thematic question. The questions will also serve as reading guides.
•    Prior to each session, the participants have to hand in a reading grid for the respective session’s literature. The overall reading demand ranges between 30-50 pages per week.
•    The first two sessions will provide a thematic introduction and will serve to discuss organizational issues (such as formation of working groups of 2-3 participants).
•    For every following session, one of the working groups will present a short supplementary input (max. 10 min).
•    In the sessions we will clarify terms and understanding issues, discuss the example and the guiding questions. Furthermore, we will try to transfer the respective session to previous ones.

 

Mode of examination

Written

Additional information


 Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)

Lecturers

Institute

Course dates

DayTimeDateLocationDescription
Wed16:00 - 18:0003.03.2021 - 02.06.2021 Online-Meeting via Zoom (LIVE)Online-Meeting via Zoom
- Technē/Techno – Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Technology and Society - Single appointments
DayDateTimeLocationDescription
Wed03.03.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed10.03.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed17.03.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed24.03.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed14.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed21.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed28.04.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed05.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed12.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed19.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed26.05.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom
Wed02.06.202116:00 - 18:00 Online-Meeting via ZoomOnline-Meeting via Zoom

Examination modalities

  • Prior to each session, the participants have to hand in a reading grid for the respective session’s literature.Three selected reading grids will be graded.
  • The final examination will consist of short essays with a self-chosen transfer between the topics and perspectives of the seminar (individual or in groups).

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2021 00:01 31.03.2021 23:55 31.03.2021 23:55

Curricula

Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 440 Spatial Planning

Literature

No lecture notes are available.

Language

German