STS at York

Science and Technology Studies @ York

York’s Science & Technology Studies (STS) Graduate Program is the first English–speaking STS program in Canada offering advanced training leading to both MA and PhD degrees. Students in this program are encouraged to draw connections across traditional disciplinary boundaries as they examine and analyze the role of science, technology, and innovation in our societies, cultures, and economies. An MA or PhD degree in STS from York is extremely versatile and is a fitting background for careers that require insight into the complexities of scientific and technological societies and economies (e.g. policy, law, business, academia, charities, etc.). It is also an academic and research specialty that is growing in Canada and abroad.

  • Why Choose York?
    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 courses in the STS program, as well as related courses in other graduate programs at York. These faculty members represent an enormous diversity and breadth of expertise, and they offer courses and supervision to students whose interests vary broadly in terms of historical period, substantive topic, and theoretical approach.
  • STS Research Culture & Community
    In addition to the diversity, breadth, and depth in its faculty, York has a number of strengths that render it an excellent place for graduate study. Since 1994, the STS community at York has hosted an annual seminar series, at which scholars from York, the rest of Canada, the USA, and Europe have presented their research and have engaged in lively discussion with their audience. Nearly 300 such seminars have been given since they first began. Until recently, York was also home to two prominent journals in the field — Isis and the Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences — and was one of six regional nodes in the SSHRC–funded Strategic Knowledge Cluster in STS. Being a regional node helped scholars at York to develop and secure funding for collaborative research projects as well as organize a range of conferences and workshops. The strong research culture and community that has developed as a result of these sorts of initiative provide rich opportunities for graduate students to build their own networks, develop their own projects, and disseminate their own research within the wider, international STS community.
  • Faculty Research Strengths
    Our faculty members are well-known worldwide for their research and scholarship. For example, our faculty regularly publish in leading international STS journals like Science, Technology, & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Prometheus, Body & Society, Social Science & Medicine, and Sociology of Health & Illness; they regularly publish books with international presses like MIT Press, Duke University Press, University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press; they are, or have been, editors and editorial board members on prominent STS journals like Science, Technology, & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Scientia Canadensis, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience; and they currently play leading roles, or have done so in the past, in learned societies like the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), History of Science Society, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS), etc.

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