What is Science, Technology, and Society?
Studies in Science, Technology and Society (STS) look at the interaction of science and innovation with the wider world. From the invention of the plow to the latest digital technologies, science and technology have shaped societies throughout the world. STS asks: How did these practices arise? How have they influenced our social institutions, ethical values, cultural practices, and economic systems? What can we do to predict and manage their impact in the future?
Why Study Science, Technology, and Society at UAlberta?
STS invites you to explore the role and impact of scientific and technological developments on human societies past, present and future. This program will help you think critically about how social, political, and cultural values affect technological innovation and scientific research, and how research and innovations affect human life.
Experience Beyond the Classroom
Students take courses from Anthropology, Art and Design, Economics, English and Film Studies, History, Sociology, and Philosophy, as well as classes in the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. This is a truly interdisciplinary experience.
Sub-disciplines within Science, Technology, and Society
Related fields of study: History of Technology; History of Science; Philosophy of Science; Science, Engineering, and Public Policy studies; Computer Technologies and Culture
What can I do with a Science, Technology, and Society degree?
A major or minor in STS prepares you for careers in fields such as law, public interest groups (NGOs) such as consumer protection or the environment, information technology, journalism, science writing, museum studies, policy analysis, and science education.
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