TIK4011 – Science and Technology in Politics and Society

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Course content

What role does knowledge play in scientific and political controversies over the environment, economy and our increasingly digitalized society? How do we decide upon the worth of nature, the value of life and the costs of climate change? These are core questions of this course, which is organized into three modules:

1. The Climate Society: Knowledge, Politics and Practices of Transformation

2. The Good Economy: Values and Controversies in politics of the environment, politics of care and the life sciences

3. Social Media, Digital STS, Market Research and The Public

This course builds on teaching from the introductory course TIK4001, and is a specialization course in science and technology studies (STS).

Learning outcome

Learning outcome

  • Advanced insight into key political and scientific topics within the fields of climate change, bioeconomy, life science, and the digital society
  • Understand the role of expert knowledge and public engagement in scientific and political controversies
  • Situate controversies in particular locations historically, culturally and politically.


  • Ability to analyse complex cases and ongoing controversies.
  • Ability to trace the role of various actors (experts and publics) in different contexts.
  • Ability to employ conceptual tools from STS in analyzing science and politics.


  • Ability to read advanced literature and cases and develop their own analysis in written and oral form.
  • Be prepared to have the relevant competence to write a master thesis in STS and related Fields.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The course is applicable for master programme students from humanities/social sciences. Students passed the course TIK4001 – Teknologi, innovasjon og kunnskap have a priority, other students are admitted if there is capacity.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A bachelor degree in Social Sciences, Humanities or equal.

Recommended previous knowledge


Lectures will take place between February and April.

Obligatory course work spring 2017

  • 1) Present and discuss texts in at least one workshop.
  • 2) Hand in two 1-page position papers (one of these can be replaced with a field report from an excursion).

Obligatory coursework 2018 and forward:

  • Each module will have an obligatory activity at the end
  • The activity will be either a presentation, participation in discussion or a short written assignment

You need to pass/participate in at least three obligatory activities.The obligatory course work is a prerequisite for sitting the exam.

Dates for obligatory activities 2019:

  • 12 March: Climate society workshop
  • 26 March: Good Economy workshop
  • 28 March: Modern chicken workshop
  • 2 May: Data politics and digital publics workshop
    11 April: The challenge with the digital in STS



One week home-exam. Length: 6000 Words (+/-20%).


Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The exam assignment will be given in English. ESST students must write their exam paper in English, while TIK students may choose between English and Norwegian.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Students in this course automatically receive an explanation alongside their grade.

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Evaluations (in Norwegian)

Spring 2014

Spring 2015

Spring 2018

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language


If there are no English-speaking students, lectures may be given in Norwegian.