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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM032: Emerging Issues in STS

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Science and Modern World (Whitehead)
  • Experience and Nature (James and Dewey)
  • Social Construction of Technology (SCOT)
  • Symmetrical Anthropology (Latour, Callon, Mol)
  • Standpoint and Situatedness (Harding, Haraway) 
  • STS and Risk Society
  • Cosmopolitics (Stengers)
  • Public Engagement and Publics (Norres, Schillmeier)
  • STS and Disability Studies  
  • STS and Art
  • STS as Experimental and Speculative Research

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities2211 x 2 hours seminars, involving presentations, moderation, group discussion and engagement, film presentations and media analysis. Session 10 and 11 are virtual sessions
Guided Independent Study32Preparing Seminar-presentation individually and as a group
Guided Independent Study200Reading and Research
Guided Independent Study46Web-based activities

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).