KULT3303 - STS: Science, Communication and Policy Development


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 ALLE

Course content

The course offers an introduction to the study of science and technology. Students will be made familiar with cultural-scientific analyses of modern science and technology and the interplay with social, political, economical, and cultural processes of change. The course will also provide an understanding of central forms of scientific criticism and of more practical approaches to the challenges of democracy and government raised by modern science and technology, such as technology assessment, research politics, and knowledge management.

Learning outcome

Students with academic issues that have knowledge of:
-historical and sociological understandings of science and scientific practice in general, and STS-perspectives and STS-field development (Science and Technology Studies) specifically
-how STS-perspectives can be used in specific analyzes both historical material and contemporary research cultures
-knowledge management and organization and use of research-based knowledge (expertise) in the modern workplace
-perspectives on democracy and governance challenges in modern science and expertise

Students will have skills in:
-selecting analytical perspective to analyze specific social phenomenons
-dealing with a limited empirical material in the context of theoretical perspectives
-to disseminate knowledge through writing argumentative and reflective texts
-to impart knowledge orally by electronic means

Learning methods and activities

Teaching includes lectures, seminars with extensive student activity and group work. Assessment is a home-exam (essay). As a prerequisite for taking the exam, the student must have submitted two written assignments á 3-4 pages. Essay should be between 10-13 pages and the assignment is given at the end of the semester. There is a compulsory attendance on the course, with 25% allowed absence. Students who do not fullfill the attendance requirement, can apply for a compensatory written assignment. This assignment must be approved before the student can attend the exam.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 written exercises (3-4 pages)
  • At least 75 % class attendance

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KULT3313 15.0 01.09.2013
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • History
  • Social Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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