Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Society
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:
- Understand the social, cultural, and epistemic dynamics of science and technology
- Explore these dynamics across world societies and cultures
- Develop sensitivity to issues of gender, race, and justice across areas of knowledge, including: engineering, medicine, environment, cognition, security, innovation, design
- Employ STS approaches as scholars or practitioners (e.g. engineers, scientists, or policy makers)
Download the STS flyer that includes program parameters and course of study information.
Course of Study
One required course
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 and Technology Beyond Borders (Sample syllabus)
- Science, Technology and Security (Sample syllabus)
- Social and Cultural Studies of Biomedicine (Sample syllabus)
- Science, Technology and the Economy
- Feminist Theory and STS (Sample Syllabus)
- Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Philosophy of Design (Sample syllabus)
Fall 2020 Course Schedule
HTS/LMC/PUBP 6743: Science, Technology, & Society: Core Seminar
Fall 2020, Mondays, 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Professor Robert Rosenberger, PHD
The STS Core Seminar serves as a general introduction to the ideas and themes of the field of Science & Technology Studies and its various overlapping discourses. We cover major figures, concepts, case studies, and core readings. The course is structured around visiting guest class instructors, professors from across campus who bring their special perspective on STS to our class. The course is also broadly interdisciplinary, and includes readings from sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, media studies, design, and other disciplines. We consider science and technology in their various social and political situations, and as such this course (and the STS Grad Certificate courses generally) may be of interest to graduate students from across Georgia Tech. The STS Core Seminar also functions as the one required course for the STS Graduate Certificate, and is offered every fall.
HTS 7001: Foundations of Socio-Historical Analysis
Fall 2020, Thursdays, 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Professor Jennifer Singh, PhD, MPH
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the basic tools and concepts of historical and sociological research, including introductions to ethnography, qualitative interviews, focus groups, grounded theory, discourse analysis, STATA and regression analysis, and archival research. It is built around the engagement with the research process, an introduction to various research methods, visits from IAC faculty, reading and discussion, and conducting, writing and presenting research projects using primary sources.
Project Studio - 89967 - LMC 6650 - NJ
Social Justice and Ethical Imagination in Design
Fall 2020, Tuesdays, 12:30 pm –3:15 pm, fully online
Professor Nassim Parvin, PHD
What are the grounds for rethinking dominant trajectories of emerging technologies such as smart cities, digital assistants, image-recognition tools, self-tracking technologies or various forms algorithmic decision-making? Technology-centered and industry- driven, discourses around such technologies are techno-utopic, upholding ideals such as speed, efficiency, and control. But are we stuck with these values or are there alternative possibilities? If so, what might they look like? This course is centered on theoretical readings in philosophy, ethnography, STS, and design studies to critically engage the historical, social, and cultural grounding of emerging technologies while drawing on design-based practices and methods of inquiry to question their dominant logic and imagine alternate possibilities. The course does not require prior design experience.
- To understand and appreciate design as a liberal art
- To understand philosophic foundations design as a way of knowing, being, and acting in the world
- To draw upon theories of social justice as a strategy for characterizing design problems and approaching design design issues creatively and critically
- Hands-on experience in framing design problems and devising design strategies with awareness of the relevant ethical, political, and cultural issues
PubPolicy 6403: Scientific Careers and Workplaces
Fall 2020, Wednesdays, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor Mary Frank Fox, PHD
The course offers key perspectives toward understanding scientific careers and workplaces. You will acquire a uniquely comprehensive view of scientific careers and workplaces -- valuable whether you work in these environments, study them, or both.
1) Science and engineering workforces: supply, demand, salaries, career entry, career exits.
2) Workplaces of universities, national laboratories, industrial research/development: priorities, funding, staffing, structures, and cultures.
3) Experiences of doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty, and research personnel.
4) Ways that scientific careers and workplaces are evolving and changing.
5) Policies bearing on scientific careers and workplaces.
STS COURSES PLANNED FOR SPRING 2021:
HTS 6121/INTA 6122: Science, Technology and National Security
Professor Kristie Macrakis
HTS 6124: Science Technology & Society Beyond Borders
Professor Amit Prasad
PubPolicy 6748/LMC 6748: Social Justice & Design
Professor Robert Rosenberger
Certificate Participating Faculty
Contact the STS Certificate Coordinator with any further questions:Robert Rosenberger Email
The Georgia Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, telephone 404-679-4500, http://www.sacscoc.org for questions about the accreditation of the Georgia Institute of Technology.