Theory of Normativity in Global Society I
Science, Technology & Society (STS) Studies :
Global Environmental Science and Governance
Described as a ‘dynamic and innovative intellectual field’, STS investigates both how science and technology shape social life and the world around us, and how the latter in turn shape developments in science and technology. This course examines the crucial contribution of STS to the ongoing debates over how humans should respond to global environmental change. Through short interactive lectures and a number of case studies focusing on climate change, biodiversity loss, and emerging technologies, we explore from a critical perspective both 1) the social shaping of knowledge about the global environment, and 2) the growing role of science and scientific institutions in identifying and monitoring global environmental change, assessing impacts and shaping responses.