2023-2024 / ENVT3026-1

Social study of science and technology


12h Th, 24h SEM

Number of credits

 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS) (Joint-degree programme with Paris Saclay and AgroParisTech)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


François Melard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course will deal with of the relations between Sciences and Societies. The course will be organized through different themes:

  • Introduction to the study of sociotechnical and environmental controversies;
  • Presentation of the history of ideas in the field of social studies of science and technology (STS);
  • The place of nature and technological objects in a sociological approach;
  • Presentation of the sociology of the actor-network (ANT) and its methodological stakes;
  • The relationship between scientific knowledge and lay knowledge;
  • Introduction to 'Ignorance Studies';
  • Management's and innovation's concepts in question;
  • Approach to human-animal relations (Multispecies approach).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The learning outcomes of the course will be :

  • to understand environmental controversies in their complexity;
  • to understand and work with different theoretical frameworks and use of different analytical tools to deal with controversies;
  • to be able to read and be accountable of scientific litteratures.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A bundle of text will serve as material in support of the course. The texts have to be read and questions issued prior to the corresponding session.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The class mixes ex cathedra sessions and seminar sessions.
According to the sanitary conditions, a part of the course may be given through distance learning.

Recommended or required readings

A bundle of texts has to be read and prepared in order to be discussed during the course.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

An written examination will take place in january.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Active student participation is necessary for the dynamic of the course as it is based on their presentation and group discussion.


Mr. François Mélard

Email : f.melard@uliege.be


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