Science in Society postgraduate course 2018

Monday, January 21, 2019

Science is traditionally regarded as a central knowledge-producing institution contributing to economic and societal development in many ways. Earlier, in the age of the so-called traditional social contract of science, this was seen as materializing automatically without any deliberate attempts on behalf of researchers to achieve societal impact for their research. With the recent advent of a broad structural movement towards intermingling the institutional spheres of science, government, industry, and civil society, the traditional social contract of science is giving way to an alternative conceptions and social practices according to which science and the society invade each other’s domains.

The fact that science is becoming “contextualized” and knowledge “socially robust” has implications for researchers working in universities. Increasingly, in the contexts research funding as well as research reporting and evaluation, academic scientists are expected to give accounts of how they are engaged in activities external to science. In this course, we summarize the current research on the broad area of science-society interaction so as to develop capabilities of doctoral students to understand their possible modes of engagement in practices external to science and the university.

Basic Information
- Responsible teacher: Associate Professor Juha Tuunainen, Oulu Business School
- Intended audience: University of Oulu’s doctoral students in humanities and social sciences
- Timing: 2nd period, 2018
- Credits: 3 ECTS
- Mode of teaching: lectures and/or interactive teaching session with additional readings (one article per lecture)
- Course assignment: reflective two-page blog entry about the student’s own research topic and its relationship to a certain domain of societal practice to be published in Oulu Think Tank of Science and Society’s website

Course Contents

Juha Tuunainen: Course introduction and overview (Mon 5.11. 14-16 SÄ124)

Juha Tuunainen: Norms and cultures of academic science (Fri 9.11. 10-12 TA101)

Heini Hakosalo: Discoveries in social sciences and humanities (Mon 12.11. 14-16 PR102)

Anniina Rantakari: Science as discourse (Tue 13.11. 14-16 SÄ102)

Anniina Rantakari & Heini Hakosalo: Power structures in science (Mon 19.11. 14-16 SÄ124)

Kari Kantasalmi: University as organization (guest lecturer) (Fri 23.11. 10-12 TA101)

Toni Ahlqvist: Innovation policy and local innovation systems (guest lecturer) (Thu 29.11. klo 8-10 SÄ112)

Petteri Pietikäinen: Science and politics (Fri 30.11. 10-12 SÄ112)

Satu Räsänen: Why to talk, tweet and blog, scientist? Basics in science communication (guest lecturer) (Mon 3.12. 14-16 SÄ118)

Juha Tuunainen: Concluding discussion (Thu 13.12. 12-14 SÄ105)

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