Seminar: Collaboration in Health Sciences: Ways of working together. - Details
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Course name Seminar: Collaboration in Health Sciences: Ways of working together.
Semester SS 2016
Current number of participants 0
expected number of participants 30
Home institute Soziologie mit Schwerpunkt Gesundheitsforschung
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Preliminary discussion Thursday, 14.04.2016 17:30 - 19:00, Room: 3065 Geb. D (30 Pl.) [PhilSoz]
First date Thursday, 14.04.2016 17:30 - 19:00, Room: 3065 Geb. D (30 Pl.) [PhilSoz]
Performance record As part of this seminar, we will visit the Deutsches Museum (http://www.deutsches-museum.de) in Munich together. Final grades are based on participation (pass/non-pass), a written review of the museum (20%), a presentation related to a book chapter (30%), and a short final paper of 2000-3000 words on a self-chosen topic (50%). As such, students will not only learn the history and sociology of collaboration, but also practice discussion, presentation and writing skills, while paying attention to science communication/public understanding of science.
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Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch


Dozentin: Dr. Niki Vermeulen, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

Health research is radically transforming as governments invest more in large scale, national and international health projects with increasing levels of interdisciplinarity to improve health and quality of life. Sociologist of science Robert Merton (1942) already put communism/communalism forward as one of the norms of science, and since then the research group and research system have been central units of analysis, including scientific-industrial collaborations, e.g. with the pharmaceutical industry. Building on insights from Science and Technology Studies, this research seminar gives insight into ways of working together, examining political, technical and organisational facets of collaboration in the health sciences.

After an introduction meeting which gives an overview of trends and issues in collaboration in the health sciences, this seminar exists of three parts:

The history of collaboration in health sciences
This session gives an overview of the history of medicine, starting with the Greeks and Romans, via the Middle Ages and the development of anatomy in Italian Universities during the Renaissance. In addition we will pay attention to the emergence of hospitals. These historic developments will show that health sciences are collaborative from the start, but that these collaborations have become increasingly complex, institutionalised, and internationalised.

Defining the structures of scientific collaboration
This session discusses theories of collaboration, from Merton, Fleck and Kuhn towards laboratory studies. Attention for the growth of science emerged in the 1960s with the introduction of the term ‘big science’, while recently scientific collaboration is increasing as well as quantitative and qualitative studies on the subject. Closely related to definitions of collaboration are the questions: why to collaborate, how to collaborate, and how to measure collaboration? By looking at scientific collaboration from different perspectives, we will discuss the relation between the epistemic and social organisation of science.

Current collaboration across health research and medical care
This session examines the structures and dynamics of scientific collaboration in health research and health care. Based on the edited volume Collaboration Across Health Research and Medical Care that brings together detailed research from the US, Canada, Europe and Japan, we will shed light on the features, environments and relationships that characterise collaboration in health care and research, exploring changing patterns of collaboration and examining the causes and consequences of team work in the health domain.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "allgemeine Anmeldephase".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 07.03.2016, 00:01 to 15.07.2016, 23:59.