Sociology of Science

Course Number: 
HSL777
LTP structure: 
3-0-0
Discipline: 
Sociology
Credit: 
3.0

Pre-requisite

Course Objective

This course will introduce students to theories in the sociology of science, explore how scientific knowledge is produced and validated, and study its relationship to other forms of knowledge in society.

Course Content

Basic theories in the sociology of science such as functionalism, the theory of paradigm shift, social construction of scientific facts, stratification and discrimination in science, feminist epistemologies of science, theories of standardization and objectivity. Historical and contemporary debates on scientific and indigenous knowledge from India and the world, relationship between science and the state, and role of experts and the public in evaluating and regulating science.

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