After completing the course students will be able to
- Identify the problem(s) in a real life case study regarding the interaction of science & technology and society (FQ S4, S5)
- Analyze this problem using the philosophical and STS approaches and skills set taught in PSTS (FQ S4, S5, S6)
- Work towards a deliverable that is presented to and defended towards the client who provided thecase study (FQ S1, S7, S8)
- Reflect on the experience and the lessons learnt (S8)
- Identify opportunities for applying their philosophical and STS expertise and skills and to pursue a career in which this expertise and skills are required. (FQ S10)
This course is offered only when a student group initiates and organizes a study trip in which PSTS students visit one or more organizations where they can apply the knowledge acquired in the PSTS programme. These organizations may provide students with real life case studies/assignments concerned with the interaction of scientific and technological developments with society. If these assignments are approved by the PSTS teaching staff accompanying the study trip, the student work on such an assignment can be credited with 1 EC.|
The PSTS students participating in the study trip will, under the guidance of PSTS teaching staff, identify and analyze the problem presented by the organization(s). This preparation in the weeks preceding the trip ensures that by the time the students arrive they have a clear understanding of the subject material and are able to provide the organization(s) with a thorough understanding and evaluation of the case, as well as advice regarding how to proceed. During their visit to the organization students will orally present their analysis and advice, and receive feedback from the organization’s staff. After the study trip all students reflect on the experience and what they learnt from it.
The course workload will amount to 1 EC (28 hours). This includes a few preparatory class meetings, work on the assignments (largely in advance of the trip), the hours for presenting the work to the organizations during the trip, and writing a reflection report after the event. The majority of the workload takes place in advance of the trip itself.
One or two teachers from the staff members appointed by the Examination Board in the PSTS programme of the current academic year will be responsible for guiding and supervising the work for this course, both before, during and after the study trip.
Assessment format: Participation, group assignment, and individual reflection report; all need to be sufficient to complete the course. The PSTS staff accompanying the study trip is responsible for assessing whether a student satisfied the course objectives. Assessment will be in terms of pass/fail.