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, and Security
HTS 6121/INTA 8803
Prof. Kristie Macrakis
Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. - 7:20 p.m.
This year’s topic for the seminar is Technology and the Rise of the National Security State. We will first examine the nature of secrecy and intelligence – its definition, history, philosophy and sociology. We will then turn to framing the topic using the historiography of the history and sociology of technology. Topics include: the rise of technological intelligence in US intelligence agencies, spy planes, satellites, tunnels, mind control, Edward Snowden and US surveillance, torture and drones. The seminar will include a field trip to Fort Gordon, GA. This is a research seminar. Students will be given ample opportunity to work on their own research while using the general materials on secrecy, technology and intelligence as a conceptual framework.
Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Philosophy of Design
PUBP 6748/LMC 6748
Prof. Robert Rosenberger
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
This course investigates issues of social justice through their instantiation in material culture and practice. We consider theoretical perspectives from the philosophy of design, critical theory, feminist theory, and the field of science and technology studies. Some examples of topics we will cover include homelessness, surveillance and facial recognition, incarceration, disability studies, environmental justice, and urban infrastructure design. The course will include readings from the history of the philosophy of justice, contemporary case analyses, and the development of our own critical perspectives within our own ongoing research projects. The focus of course writing (in addition to weekly reading reactions) will be on projects with practical outputs, such as conference presentations, potential professional publications, public op-ed writing, and thesis chapters — whatever forwards your own research work, informed by course content.
Many courses would also qualify for the “free elective,” including:
Experimental Media (STS Studio)
Prof. Nassim JafariNaimi
Mondays 4:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
How do critical perspectives within STS, design studies, and adjacent disciplines enable alternative formulations and engagements with science and technology? In this course we take values, theories, and methodologies of science and technology studies (STS) as starting points for thinking differently about making and making different things. Toward this aim, we will devote the first part of the course to familiarizing with STS and design studies as well as design thinking and design practice. Students will draw on this introduction to create experimental concepts and prototypes that reflect and advance the above critical perspectives as related to contemporary science and technology issues such as smart cities, robotics, or artificial intelligence, or biomedicine. Classes are a combination of studio-based activities such as brainstorming, prototyping, and critique, close readings of contemporary experimental designs, accompanied with discussions of readings that contextualizes such experiments in relation to STS and design discourses. Open to students in all disciplines. No prior design experience needed.
Prof. Germán Vergara
Thursdays 6:00 - 8:45 pm
This course will explore major themes in environmental history, including the extent to which humans are part of nature; the roles that the natural world has played in shaping human history; the increasingly rapid and pervasive changes that humans have made to the global environment; the possibility that humans have become the major force shaping global biogeochemical processes; and the myriad ways in which human societies have understood, represented, and thought about the natural world. To fully understand this history, the course takes a global approach, surveying recent environmental histories from Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, and Latin America.
Mark Zachary Taylor
Contact the STS Certificate Coordinator with any further questions:Robert Rosenberger
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