Science, technology & society: courses tought

PhD courses

MA courses

2005-2014 ::::

Science, technology, and politics

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC400, 10 credits (autumne semesters)

The main objectives are: 1) to provide an introduction to contemporary science and technology studies; 2) to map more general sociological consequences and key topics of this research field; and 3) to explain basic principles of actor-network theory. After having discussed constructivism and deconstruction, the problem of reflexivity, and the linguistic turn in the social sciences, a contextualised history of sociology of science (and technology) will be debated (Merton, the strong programme of David Bloor, ethnographies of laboratory life and studies of scientific controversies etc.). Special attention will be paid to actor-network theory, an approach gaining importance within contemporary social sciences in general (Bruno Latour, Michel Callon, John Law and others). The final set of lectures will discuss a number of empirical examples focusing on the relationship between democratic decision making and scientific expertise.

1995-2004 ::::

Non-modern sociology

MA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague

Modernity in non-modern view with references to Bruno Latour and contemporary sociology of science. Since 1996 to 2003, the course belonged to the special MA programme Biographical sociology.

BA courses

2005-2006 ::::

Sociology of things

BA programme in sociology, Faculty of Social Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno; code SOC131, 6 credits (spring semesters)

Things, technological artifacts and material objects play increasingly important role in our lives. Understanding how such material entities engage in social ordering leads us to taking more seriously the autonomous "thingy" existence of such traditionally sociologically relevant entities such as texts, documents or persons. Using numerous examples we will debate this increasing sociological sensitivity toward the world of things, which will shed some new light on fundaments of selected sociological schools and the entire discipline in general.

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (????): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. (edited book in preparation)

book chapter

KONOPÁSEK, Z. / SONERYD, L. / SVAČINA, K. (2018): Lost in translation: Czech dialogues by Swedish design. Science & Technology Studies, 31 (3): 5-23

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BARTLOVÁ, M. / BÍLEK, P. / KONOPÁSEK, Z. / REIFOVÁ, I. (2017): Diskuze o interdiciplinárních přístupech k normalizaci [Discussion on interdisciplinary approaches toward normalization]. In: K. Činátl, J. Mervart & J. Najbert, eds: Podoby česko-slovenské normalizace: Dějiny v diskusi [Forms of Czech-Slovak normalization: History debated]. Praha: ÚSTR/NLN. Pp. 81-101

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