KULT8880 - Science, Technology and Society: RRI course Digital Life Norway


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and work
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 1/2 A
Work 1/2 A

Course content

This course prepares PhD candidates and early career researchers within biotechnology, life science and neighbouring scientific fields to adopt Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in their research practice. We introduce the body of academic knowledge underpinning the RRI concept, namely Science and Technology Studies (STS) and history, philosophy and sociology of science. The main course objective is to enhance participants knowledge on how scientific work is intertwined with changes in society and to introduce them to ideas of democratization of science and current international discussions on RRI. We will combine theoretical insights with long group discussions and hands-on exercises of applying RRI-methods in the context of participants research projects. Discussions on strengths of limitations of the concept of RRI in research practice will be included.

Please check "Lecturers page" for more information about planned courses and how to apply.

Learning outcome

After completing the course (learning outcome), the students shall 1) Understand theories that show how science and technology development is neither deterministic nor value-free, and that R&D has enormous potential to redefine the meaning of being human and conditions of human existence. 2) Understand the way of thinking RRI is based on and know its central dimensions. 3) Be able to engage in broader debates surrounding their research and address social, ethical, political and economic aspects of their work. 4) Be able to critically reflect on the R&D system and take part in initiatives for its improvement.

Learning methods and activities

Mandatory participation in teaching and team assignments. Participants will conduct a comprehensive homework in the form of a hands-on exercise in between the two gatherings as part of the assignment.

Compulsory assignments

  • Participation

Further on evaluation

5 ECTS, including homework between gatherings and a written paper (approx. 3,000 words) in which the candidates discusses her or his own research project in light of the course contents.

Course materials

Course literature will be distributed to participants in due time before the course.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  5.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture
  • Ethics
  • Biotechnology/Aqua Culture
  • Biophysics
  • Aqua Culture
  • Design for Sustainabiliy
  • Medisinsk etikk, forskningsetikk og vitenskapsteori
  • Life Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture


Examination arrangement: Assignment and work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 1/2 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 1/2 A
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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