Science, Technology and Society (STS) - also called Science and Technology Studies - is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape society and culture and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.
The STS Graduate Certificate is designed for students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at Georgia Tech, in any college or program. This certificate is for graduate students who would like to demonstrate additional competence in some aspect of STS or special competence in STS in their home discipline. The certificate is open to students in good standing in any graduate program at Georgia Tech.
The 12-credit certificate program helps students to:
Download the STS flyer that includes program parameters and course of study information.
Science, Technology and Society: Core Seminar (Sample syllabus)
Two electives must be chosen from the list of pre-approved STS Certificate Courses, and the third elective may be chosen from that list or from the broader curriculum subject to approval by the STS Certificate Coordinator.
STS Certificate Courses
Science, Technology & Society: Core Seminar
Tuesdays 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Science, Technology and Society – also called Science and Technology Studies – is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape society and culture and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology. This course explores key topics, debates, and theoretical perspectives in STS. Featuring guest lectures by faculty from across the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the seminar introduces students both to a wide range of STS topics and approaches and to faculty who do research in this area. It is also the core course required for the Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology & Society.
Social Justice, Critical Theory, & Philosophy of Design
LMC 6748/LMC3833/PUBP 6748
Monday Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This advanced seminar has a theoretical and a practical focus. It first asks how theories of social justice can be understood and reformulated when seen from a science and technology studies point of view, a point of view that is informed by traditional critical theory and an emergent philosophy of design. Whereas critical theory mainly focuses on the material conditions of human existence, philosophy of design addresses the question how technologies materialize values and thereby shape the human condition. Through this course we will examine a) how the design of technologies fosters or inhibits freedom, and empowers or represses people and b) how we might achieve social justice by changing the ways material goods are accumulated and distributed. The seminar explores how science and technology have been variously contested and enrolled in epistemological and material struggles for social justice, and the role that STS scholarship, design research, and design practice can or should play in those spheres.
Science & Technology Beyond Borders
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Old Civil Engineering 104
This course will deal with the transnational and global circulation of knowledge. It will combine theoretical reflections with case studies. As some of the most important work has been done on knowledge circulation in the British Empire, it will first introduce students to some key texts dealing with the flow of knowledge in that regime. It will then focus on the post-WWII period of modernization, studying how the US implemented science and technology as political weapons to combat communism and shape research agendas among its allies. When reading texts students need to ask: who are the key actors? What exactly is the knowledge that is circulating 'across borders' and what power relationships are at play in that process i.e. who is passing it on, who are they passing it on to? The most important general learning outcome is that students never again take the circulation and dissemination of knowledge for granted: it is a negotiated process, often embedded in asymmetric power relations that determine what is shared and what denied between nodes in a network.
Several courses also qualify as free electives, including:
PUBP6403 – Scientific Careers and Workplaces – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Jenny Leigh Smith
Mark Zachary Taylor
Contact the STS Certificate Coordinator with any further questions:Anne Pollock
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