Checking date: 24/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Science and Culture
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)

Coordinating teacher: DIAZ GORFINKIEL, MAGDALENA

Department assigned to the subject: Social Sciences Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
No previous requirement.
The course aims to analyses the ways in which culture and science, as particular forms of culture, interacted through history mutually shaping. The course articulates both the historical dimension and the great areas of science; hence the historical transformations are explained as well as it shows the cultural components in which the scientific and technological change has shaped the most important cultural mutations. Particularly, the subject deals with the concept of scientific and technological revolution as part of radical revolutions and transformation of culture.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Science and technology in culture 2. Space as cultural and scientific matter 3. Time as cultural and scientific matter 4. The cultural Impact of Scientific Revolution 5. The Industrial revolution, Romanticism, and the emergency of the concept or Nature 6. The Crisis of Science and its cultural import 7. Science and Culture in a digital environment.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • B. Latour. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory. Oxford University Press. 2007
  • Byung-Chul Han. sychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power. Verso. 2017
  • Castells and Cardoso (eds.). The Network Society from Knowledge to Policy (chap. 1). John Hopkins University. 2005
  • D. Haraway. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Routledge. 1991
  • J. Zerzan. Future Primitive (chap. 1). Autonomedia. 1994
  • R. Kurzweil. The Singularity is Near (chap. 1). Penguin. 2006
  • S. Zuboff. Surveillance Capitalism and the Challenge of Collective Action. New Labor Forum. 2019
  • W. Steffen, P. J. Crutzen and J. R. McNeill. The Anthropocene: Are Humans Now Overwhelming the Great Forces of Nature?¿. Ambio 36(8). 2007
  • Y. Harari. Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind (chap. 14). London, Harvill. 2014
  • Y. Harari. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (chap. 11). Random House. 2017

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.