Science & Technology

What is Science & Technology Studies?

Baby and computerIn light of the importance of science and technology (S&T) in the world today, there is a need for scholarly work on its social dimensions. The Department of Science & Technology Studies is dedicated to research and teaching about scientific knowledge and technology in its social context. In their research, faculty members examine S&T both in contemporary societies and through historical investigations. The goal is to build a body of theory and empirical findings about:

    • The social processes through which scientific and technical knowledge—whether packaged into texts, people, machines, images, or other forms—is created, evaluated, challenged, spread, transformed, and fitted into social relations.
    • The ways people use, reconfigure, and contest scientific knowledge and technology.
  • The normative issues entangled in scientific and technological developments.
  • The place of science and technology in the modern world.