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

September 2017: There's a new call for papers (CfP) for the 4S open access journal Engaging STS called "A Moment for Post-Truth: What are the Implications for STS?" co-edited by STS faculty member Kean Birch and Johan Soderberg (Gothenburg University, Sweden), with Linsey McGoey (Essex, UK) as commentator. The CfP can be found here.

August 2017: STS faculty member Professor Edward Jones-Imhotep has just published his book The Unreliable Nation: Hostile Nature and Technological Failure in the Cold War with MIT Press. It's received high praise from leading STS scholars like Donald MacKenzie, David Kaiser, and Peter Galison. For more, see here.

STS graduate students (together with the University of Toronto IHPST Grads) hosted the 3rd Annual Binocular Conference on the theme "Environments of Science". It ran from April 20 to 21 and the Keynote speaker was Professor Jennifer Light (MIT). The original CFP and other details are here.

Following the Binocular Conference, STS students also hosted another annual event, the NESTS Conference (of the North East STS network). More here.

Dates and Deadlines

Our deadline for the 2017-18 admissions cycle has passed. Check back in November for 2018 Admissions.
Jan
10
Wed
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.

Jun
10
Sun
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.

Sep
10
Mon
CUPE Professional Development Fund (PDF) deadline
Sep 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.