Our Program

Science & Technology Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Science & Technology Studies is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical and historically informed insight to complex questions regarding science, health and engineering policy, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, and the public understanding of science. This field contributes to timely debates that bridge the academy and the world beyond it with a dexterity that is more difficult to achieve from within the traditional disciplines.


Our Students win scholarships!

Since the program began in 2009, 70 % of our PhD students have received external funding to support their studies from varied sources such as: SSHRC, OGS, Vanier, Trillium, Elia, Colciencias (Colombia), Tubitak (Turkey), NASA and Enbridge.

News & Events

 

4 December 2018: Admissions for September 2019 entry now open!

For application details, see here.

4 December 2018: Congratulations to Our Recent MA & PhD Graduates

Congratulations to our recent MA graduates:

  • Melissa Banyard (MA 2018) “Reflections on Design alongside Nonverbal Children and Proxies”
  • Sarah English (MA 2018) “Design Ethics in the User Experience (UX) Industry”
  • Yousif Hassan (MA 2018) “The Politics of Sharing: The Sociotechnical Imaginaries of Digital Platforms”
  • Merle Davis Matthews (MA 2018) “Researching Extraction, Refusing Extractive Research”
  • Steven Umbrello (MA 2018) "Safe-(for whom?)-by-design: Adopting a Posthumanist Ethics for Technology Design"

... and congratulations also to our recent PhD graduates:

  • Jordan Bimm (PhD 2018) "Anticipating the Astronaut: Subject Formation in Early American Space Medicine, 1949-1959"
  • Yana Boeva (PhD 2018) "Break, Make, Retake: Interrogating the Social and Historical Dimensions of Making as a Design Practice"
  • Dorian Deshauer (PhD 2018) "Inventing Psychiatric Drug Maintenance"
  • Jason Grier (PhD 2018) "Navigation, commercial exchange, and the problem of long-distance control in England and the English East India Company, 1673-1755"
  • Julia Gruson-Wood (PhD 2018) "'I’m A Juggling Robot’: An Ethnography of the Organization and Culture of Autism-Based Applied Behaviour Therapies in Ontario, Canada"
  • Bernhard Isopp (PhD 2018) "Mediating Public Science: Experts, Politics, and Climate Change in the News Media in Canada"
  • Ellie Louson (PhD 2018) "Never Before Seen: Spectacle, Staging, and Story in Wildlife Film's Blue-Chip Renaissance"
  • Jeffrey Wajsberg (PhD 2018) "Nearly Perfect: Notes on the Failures of Salvage Linguistics"

Dates and Deadlines

The deadline for 2019-2020 MA & PhD admissions is 13 February 2019. Details of application process can be found here.
Jan
10
Thu
CUPE Professional Development Fund (PDF) deadline
Jan 10 all-day

The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses.

A total of $125,000 is allocated to this fund for purposes such as assisting new employees (priority to those within first two years of employment) develop professional competence and ability, to  assist employees in upgrading professional qualifications, and to help cover some of the expenses associated with presenting at conferences (airfare, hotels and such). The PDF does not cover capital costs such as equipment, software, stationary, and books, but does cover conference funding, professional development such as fees for courses/programmes/workshops.

Apr
1
Mon
YUGSA Academic Funds deadline
Apr 1 all-day

These include the Conference Support Fund, Thesis Support Fund, and Skills Development Fund. Applicants are eligible for funding from only one of these funds per year. Average funding is $100 per applicant and varies depending on the number of applicants.

Conference Support Fund
This fund is for students presenting at a conference. This fund is not for students who are only attending conferences and it is not meant to be a primary source of funding for conferences.

Thesis Support Fund
This fund is designed to help defray the costs involved in producing theses or major papers. Expenses covered under this fund include the costs of supplies, materials, and services expended on the project. Purchases of reusable/resaleable items such as computers, books, and journals will not be covered.

Skills Development Support
This fund supports projects that help students develop skills in relation to their programme of study. It is intended for practical, skills-based training programs not offered at York.

Jun
10
Mon
CUPE Professional Development Fund (PDF) deadline
Jun 10 all-day

The Professional Development Fund provides funding to members in all Units to support them in attending and presenting at conferences, and with other professional development expenses.

A total of $125,000 is allocated to this fund for purposes such as assisting new employees (priority to those within first two years of employment) develop professional competence and ability, to  assist employees in upgrading professional qualifications, and to help cover some of the expenses associated with presenting at conferences (airfare, hotels and such). The PDF does not cover capital costs such as equipment, software, stationary, and books, but does cover conference funding, professional development such as fees for courses/programmes/workshops.