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Sociology of Science

Code: 131154
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Vlaho Kovačević
Lecturers: Krunoslav Malenica - Seminar
Take exam: Studomat

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
The course offers students the knowledge of the sociological aspect of the phenomenon of science for critical and creative reflection on the complex relationship between science and modern society. By enabling students to think critically about science and its role in everyday life, we approach the sociology of science as a social activity in a socio-historical context and process. Special attention will be paid to the social structure of science, organization, key institutions, and the relationship with other components of culture and forms of cognition and the wider society. The basic idea of this course is that every society consists of several fundamental elements which, together with the fundamental elements of social change, form the fundamental subject of research in the sociology of science. The first part of the course discusses what sociology is as a science and how sociological thought about society has developed throughout history, which cannot be defined without the concepts of nature, human, and culture. The second part discusses certain elements of the social structure of science (scientist, scientific activity, scientific relations and groups, scientific communities, scientific institutions, superstructure), trying to interpret them from the sociological perspectives of functionalism, critical theories and interactionism. The expected learning outcomes relate to the ability to assess and understand the relationship between science and society, or the functions of science and the impact that science has on the development of society, and vice versa, how society affects the development of science. The course pays special attention to the connection of sociology of science with other components of culture and forms of cognition and this shows that internal or cognitive approaches to science are not enough and that it is necessary to consider the interaction of social and scientific factors in a given historical time. Whence, the sociology of science critically questions the idea of science and its development only according to its internal laws, for the realization of which social circumstances are secondary and irrelevant.
  1. Bucchi, Massimiano.: Science in Society. An introduction to Social Studies of Science,
  2. Ben, David: Uloga znanstvenika u društvu.
  3. Bjelajac, Slobodan.: Znanost i društvo,
  4. Sal Restivo.: Science, Society, and Values: toward a sociology of objectivity,
  5. Milić, Vojin: Sociologija nauke, razvoj, stanje, problemi
Optional literature:
  1. Škorić, Marko: Sociologija nauke, mertonovski i konstruktivistički programi
  2. Matić, Davorka: Ratovi znanosti: pogled unatrag.
  3. Prpić, Katarina: Produktivnost istaknutih znanstvenika: znanstvena vrsnost i socio-kognitivni kontekst.
  4. Prpić, Katarina: Društvena podcijepljenost znanosti i razvoj hrvatskog istraživačkog potencijala
  5. Habermas, J.: Tehnika i znanost kao ideologija.
  6. Needham, J.: Kineska znanost i Zapad: velika titracija,
  7. Popović, Dragana: Žene u nauci: od Arhimeda do Anštajna,
  8. Prpić, Katarina: Elite znanja u društvu (ne)znanja
  9. Prpić, Katarina: Sociološki portret mladih znanstvenika
  10. Golub, Branka: Hrvatski znanstvenici u svijetu, socijalni korijeni u prostoru i vremenu
  11. Prpić, Katarina: Onkraj mitova o prirodnim i društvenim znanostima
3. semester
Mandatory course - Regular studij - Single Major Undergraduate Study Programme in Sociology
Consultations schedule: