Checking date: 26/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

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

Coordinating teacher: BOULAND , ANNELIEN MICHELLE

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 as a historical and cultural product. Main currents of the philosophy of science. 2. Space and time from cultural and scientific perspectives. 3. The scientific revolution and its cultural impact. 4. Industrial revolution and romanticism. 5. Crises in the sciences and their cultural impact. The role of social sciences. 6. Science and culture in the digital environment.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • B. Latour. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory. Oxford University Press. 2007
  • B. Latour. Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network Theory. Oxford University Press. 2007
  • Barthes, R. . Camera Lucida. Gaillimard. 1980
  • 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
  • Chalmers, A. . What Is This Thing Called Science? . University of Queensland Press, Open University press. 4th edition, 2013.
  • D. Haraway. Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Routledge. 1991
  • Hobsbawm, E. . The Age of Revolution 1789-1848.. Vintage Books. 1962
  • 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.