259.446 Science and the quest for knowledge
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, SE, 1.0h, 1.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.0
  • Credits: 1.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to critically review science and (in contrast to science) other methods of gaining "truth".

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This course aims to encourage general critical reflections regarding the role of science and the scientific method in generation of knowledge. The central objective thereby is to discuss the relative standing of science amongst other expressions of human quest for understanding and interpreting the natural world and the human condition.

Subject of course

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This course addresses the quintessence of the scientific worldview in the context of other traditions and institutions invested in understanding and interpreting the world. An introductory treatment of science will be followed by a number of sessions, whereby internet-based ressources (videos of public presentations and/or discussions) will be collectively viewed and subsequently discussed. These videos relate to traditions and institutions in the areas of arts, philosophy, religion, politics, and ethics. The focus will be on the "how" and "why" questions, their meaning as relevant to the natural world and social settings, and if and to which extent they can be answered by science alone.

Teaching methods

  • In-depth discussion in class.

Mode of examination


Additional information

SCHEDULE FOR Summerterm 2023

Course is fully conducted in TUWEL. Task is provided by End of August 2023, Task has be fulfilled until 28th of September 2023.


lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at (Subject: Number of lecture & issue)

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Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Examination modalities


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
20.02.2023 00:01 28.09.2023 23:59 28.09.2023 23:59

Registration modalities

If the application does not work, you can send an registration request to lecture2593@tuwien.ac.at. 


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033 243 Architecture Not specified
066 443 Architecture Not specified
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
066 645 Data Science Not specified
066 926 Business Informatics Not specified
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

Interest on the discussed issues.

This course may not be appropriate for colleagues who are not interested in general conceptional reflections regarding science and culture. Thus, such colleagues may want to consider taking a different course.

Accompanying courses