The institutional context of science in the modern world, and the means by which inventions and discoveries become accepted.
Science as the building of networks.
Social construction of technology as a method of inquiry.
Technology that gives equal weight to technical, social, economic, and political questions.
Contemporary interpretation theories (in the Foucault book, the case is sexuality) and how it has been shaped by historical trends.
Gender and privilege studies of science and technology.
Intended learning outcomes *
The student upon completion of the course will be able to:
explain the (ideal and factual) requirements on engineering
describe his or her own view on critical perspectives on science, and compare this to critical perspectives on engineering
apply critical perspectives to practical problems
give an account of some concepts of ethics in science
instrumentalise engineering problems under critical perspectives
Reading course, ongoing discussion as appropriate, chiefly oral exam.
Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
Enrolled as PhD student.
Philosophy of Science (FIV3000 or equivalent).
Bruno Latour (1987). Science in Action, Harvard Univ Press (288 pages).
Wiebe E. Bijker (Author), Thomas P. Hughes (Author), Trevor J. Pinch (Editor) (1987). The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology, MIT Press (400 pages).
Michel Foucault (1990). The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, Vintage Books (168 pages).
Donna Haraway (1990). Simians, Cyborgs and Women, Other Books (287 pages).
Four classics of modern critical theory pertaining to ICT and engineering-related science.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
Grading scale *
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Short written exam in the form of comments to each literature item, plus an oral exam (approx. one hour long).
Other requirements for final grade *
Full literature coverage, i.e. understanding of all items on the literature list, plus relevance to own research work indicated as appropriate.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination