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)
Spring 2020 Course Schedule
Feminist Theory and STS
Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30pm
Dr. Rachel Dean-Ruzicka
Feminist Theory and STS is a course that will help you track the development of the field of science and technology studies alongside the growth and changes of feminist theory. We begin with the basics of feminism’s challenges to biological determinism, but branch from there into considerations of scientific and technologic inequalities related to race, sexuality, and ability. Feminist theory, at its core, is an interrogation of institutional structures that support inequalities, and very often the discourses of science and technology are used to prop up those institutions. Our course will consider canonical topics such as biological determinism, situated knowledges, and the subaltern. From this basis, we will engage with current feminist theory addressing climate change, the Anthropocene, and reproductive futurism. While this will be a reading intensive course, we will also consider how theoretical knowledge can be expressed in visual communication, public spaces, and the arts.HTS 6124: Science and Technology Beyond Borders
Wednesdays 3:05-5:55 pm
Prof. John Krige
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.
Certificate Participating Faculty
Contact the STS Certificate Coordinator with any further questions:Robert Rosenberger
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