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Course module: 202000253
Course info
Course module202000253
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. P. Stegmaier
S.J. Jukola
Contactperson for the course
dr. P. Stegmaier
dr. P. Stegmaier
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

Aims (English)
This course is open only to students enrolled in the Master PSTS.
In case you, as student from another master’s programme, want to participate in this course, please contact the PSTS staff: or

This course contributes to the final knowledge qualifications K2, K5 and K6and skills qualifications S1, S6 and S9.These qualifications are linked to the following three learning objectives:
  • At the end of the course the student has knowledge of or insight in the research specialisations of the participating research groups.
  • At the end of the course the student is able to formulate a perspective from which scientific work is discussed by using gained knowledge from prior PSTS courses.
  • At the end of the course the student will have developed his writing and communicating skills.
In detail, the following skills will be dealt with:
  • Writing skills
  • Composing an outline for and writing an academic paper
  • Peer reviewing, co-authoring
  • Oral communication skills
  • Academic conference presentation
  • Use of supportive media
  • Formulating and responding to questions/criticism by academic peers
  • Research skills
  • Information skills
  • Identifying a research gap
  • General research design skills
  • Qualitative empirical(data collection & analysis) and philosophical research skills
The objectives of the course are to introduce students to the research specialisations of the participating research groups in the PSTS programme, and to develop their collaborative research, writing and presenting skills appropriate for professional-level philosophical and science and technology studies work.

Each year several staff members from the research groups and institutes that participate in the Master’s programme mentor small groups of students. Each mentor brings in a recent paper written by him or her that is representative for the type of research done in his or her institute/ research group. Students study the papers and then divide in groups. Each group studies one of the papers in more detail and develops a research proposal in relation with that paper under the mentorship of the author. Each group is tasked with writing an article-style essay contributing to the research programme of their mentor. Mentorship can be done in part by electronic means.

The course is structured around two workshops. During the first workshop, staff members present their papers and respond to students’ questions. During the second workshop, students present the result of their research, followed by a Q&A with their fellow-students and staff members. Students use this feedback to complete their essay.
In addition, the course offers a series of sessions on empirical research methodology in preparation to the thesis in the second year. For some students, the content of methodology sessions will be new, for some familiar. Students have the opportunity to actively request additional or more advanced topics.

The assessment is based on an individual presentation (15%), a peer review assignment (15%) and a group paper (70%).
Note: papers and other work need to be graded sufficient (i.e. 5.5 or more) in order to complete this course successfully.

Assumed previous knowledge
201200063; Philosophy of Technology
201200059: Philosophical Theories and Methods
201200064: Science and Technology Studies
202000252: Technolab
Participating study
Master Philosophy of Science, Technology and Soc.
Required materials
Course material
The literature will vary every year. Students will have to read at least one scientific paper of staff members. For the refereeing students need to read an additional selection of papers.
Course material
For their own paper students have to read more/newer specialised literature as provided by the staff-tutor.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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