Scientific Humanities

About the Course

"Scientific humanities" means the extension of interpretative skills to the discoveries made by science and to technical innovations. The course will equip future citizens with the means to be at ease with many issues that straddle the distinctions between science, morality, politics and society.

The course provides concepts and methods to :

  • learn the basics of the field called “science and technology studies”, a vast corpus of literature developed over the last forty years to give a realistic description of knowledge production
  • handle the flood of different opinions about contentious issues and order the various positions by using the tools now available through digital media
  • comment on those different pieces of news in a more articulated way through a specifically designed blog.
  • Course Format : the course is organized in 8 sequences It displays multimedia contents (images, video, original documents)

    About the Instructor

    Bruno Latour

    Professor at Sciences Po

    Bruno Latour was trained as a philosopher and an anthropologist. From 1982 to 2006, he has been professor at the CSI (Ecole des mines) in Paris. He is now professor at Sciences Po where he created the medialab in 2009. He became famous for his social studies of science and technology. He developed with others a widely known theory called “Actor Network Theory”.

    http://www.bruno-latour.fr/

    Who can attend this course ?

    The course is designed for undergraduates but since the topic of scientific humanities is not widely known, it will be of interest for graduates and for the general public as well. It does not require a degree in science and technology.

    Recommended Background

    The course is available in english and the assignments must be done in English.

    Course Syllabus

    Week 1: How to patrol the borderline between science and politics?

    Week 2: How to find one’s way in the scientific literature?

    Week 3: How to handle technical innovations?

    Week 4: How to deal with controversies?

    Week 5: Feedback: Bruno Latour comments on your blogs

    Week 6: How to understand the shifting nature of the natural world?

    Week 7: How to become a citizen in the public life of science and technology?

    Week 8: Feebdback: Bruno Latour comments on your participation in public debates

    Conditions of Use :

  • of the course :
  • Restrictive Licence : the user can only use the content of this website for personal uses, the name of the author should always be mentionned

  • of the content produced by users :
  • Restrictive Licence : the content you produce is part of your intellectual property and therefore cannot be reused

    Voir la vidéo de présentation du cours
    1. End of Registration

      Jun 30, 2014
    2. Classes Start

      Feb 10, 2014
    3. Classes End

      Jul 01, 2014
    4. Estimated Effort

      3:00 h/week