Study programme 2020-2021Français
Sciences and politics
Programme component of Bachelor's in Human and Social Sciences à l"School of Human and Social Sciences

Students are asked to consult the ECTS course descriptions for each learning activity (AA) to know what special Covid-19 assessment methods are possibly planned for the end of Q3

CodeTypeHead of UE Department’s
contact details
UH-B2-SCHUMS-022-MCompulsory UESOLHDJU Katrin
  • SOLHDJU Katrin

of instruction
of assessment
HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) CreditsWeighting Term
  • Français
Français201000033.001st term

AA CodeTeaching Activity (AA) HT(*) HTPE(*) HTPS(*) HR(*) HD(*) Term Weighting
H-SPOL-203Sciences and politics2010000Q1100.00%
Programme component

Objectives of Programme's Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the fundamentals (theories and tools) in human and social sciences
    • Identify and explain the basic theoretical trends in various fields of human sciences (law, economics, management, history, psychology, etc.) and their applications.
  • Political Science option : Understand the fundamentals in the field of political science
    • Apply understanding of the political field to sociology, anthropology, economics, management and statistics.

Learning Outcomes of UE

not applicable

Content of UE

According to the ideals of modern science, the facts that fundamental research produces would be neutral and apolitical. Following this logic, ethical and political questions arise only in relation to the application of knowledge in concrete social contexts. In a first part, the course problematizes - thus introducing students to certain notions developed by the Science-Studies - the very distinction between fundamental and applied research which is constitutive for a conception of science as being neutral. Through a series of historical and contemporary cases - from the nuclear issue to pharmacological research, climate skepticism to research on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) - the course, in a second part, pursues the goal of sensitizing students to the multiplicities of the modes of entanglement between political and economic interests and so-called fundamental research. In a third part, the course asks whether "another science is possible" and introduces the students to a series of contemporary reflections that attempt to answer this question (Naomi Oreskes, Isabelle Stengers etc.).

Prior Experience

Not applicable

Type of Assessment for UE in Q1

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination

Q1 UE Assessment Comments

Oral exam (100%)

Type of Assessment for UE in Q3

  • Presentation and/or works
  • Oral examination

Q3 UE Assessment Comments

Oral examination (100%)

Type of Resit Assessment for UE in Q1 (BAB1)

  • N/A

Q1 UE Resit Assessment Comments (BAB1)

Not applicable

Type of Teaching Activity/Activities

AAType of Teaching Activity/Activities
  • Cours magistraux

Mode of delivery

AAMode of delivery
  • Face to face
  • From a distance
  • Mixed

Required Reading


Required Learning Resources/Tools

AARequired Learning Resources/Tools
H-SPOL-203Not applicable

Recommended Reading


Recommended Learning Resources/Tools

AARecommended Learning Resources/Tools
H-SPOL-203Not applicable

Other Recommended Reading

AAOther Recommended Reading
H-SPOL-203Not applicable

Grade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next

AAGrade Deferrals of AAs from one year to the next
(*) HT : Hours of theory - HTPE : Hours of in-class exercices - HTPS : hours of practical work - HD : HMiscellaneous time - HR : Hours of remedial classes. - Per. (Period), Y=Year, Q1=1st term et Q2=2nd term
Date de génération : 09/07/2021
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