About the Program
Science and Technology Studies Around the World
Science and technology shape our world. How are we to understand these powerful sets of theories, ideas, and practices that have played such an enormous role in defining modernity? Recently, scholars in the humanities, cultural and social studies have been developing increasingly sophisticated intellectual and methodological tools for engaging with this complex question. Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a burgeoning interdisciplinary field around the globe. It seeks to expand our understanding of science and technology by exploring their historical, social, cultural, philosophical, and material dimensions.
Science and Technology Studies @ York
York’s Graduate Program in STS is the first English-speaking program in this field in Canada. It offers advanced training leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Students in this program will be encouraged to draw connections across traditional boundaries as they seek an appreciation for the sciences and technologies that have formed our world.
Why engage in Science and Technology Studies?
York University is well positioned to offer graduate training in STS for a number of reasons, the most obvious of which is the critical mass of faculty currently working in the field and teaching undergraduate courses in the STS program, as well as related courses at the graduate level in other programs at York. These faculty members represent an enormous breadth of expertise, and they offer courses and supervision to a broad range of students, whose interests vary in terms of historical period, scientific disciplines and methodology.
STS Community @ York
In addition to breadth and depth in its faculty, York has a number of strengths that render it an excellent place for graduate training. Since 1994, the STS community at York has hosted a colloquium, at which scholars from York, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Europe, have presented their research and have been engaged in lively discussion by the audience. Nearly 300 such seminars have been given since they first began.
Opportunities for Graduate Students
York is also home to two prominent journals in the field – ISIS and Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences. Finally, York is one of 6 regional nodes in the SSHRC-funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster in STS. As a regional node, scholars at York develop and secure funding for collaborative research projects, and hold small conferences and summer workshops. Activities such as these provide rich opportunities for graduate students to build networks, develop their own projects and share their insights with the STS community outside of York.