Provisional Curriculum Next Year

Provisional Curriculum Next Year (2022–23)

Please note that the curriculum next year is provisional and may change.

Core Courses (Fall 2022)

GS/STS 5001/6001 3.0 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

These required courses will introduce incoming MA (5001) and doctoral (6001) students to the major texts and theoretical strands of Science and Technology Studies, in their historical context. Such strands include the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK), Actor Network Theory (ANT), Laboratory Studies, Social Construction of Technological Systems (SCOT), as well as feminist, post–colonial and cultural studies of science and technology. Students will read and discuss such foundational texts as Thomas Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Ludwig Fleck’s Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact, Shapin and Schaffer’s Leviathan and the Air Pump and Latour and Woolgar’s Laboratory Life. While engaging with these and other key texts, students will build a common vocabulary and theoretical framework for examining specific sites of knowledge production and practice in science and technology. Through a combination of empirical case studies and theoretical reflections, students will grapple with those themes – such as epistemology, objectivity, expertise, relativism, materiality – about which the field of STS makes important scholarly and practical contributions.

Core Courses (Fall & Winter 2022-2023)

NEW GS/STS 6004 0.0 STS Colloquium

The Colloquium provides students with a regular forum to engage with Program members as an intellectual community, generating an important cohort effect for new and continuing graduate students. It involves a range of activities designed to stimulate a broad disciplinary engagement with science and technology studies, including research talks by invited external speakers, Program faculty and graduate students, and professional development workshops (e.g. how to get published, academic and alt-academic job markets, etc.). It runs every two weeks over two terms.

NEW GS/STS 6005 3.0 STS Research Clusters - Technoscientific Injustices

Research Cluster fosters theoretical and methodological innovation on Technoscientific Injustices. Involves biweekly meetings of faculty and graduate students who engage in a range of activities: e.g. presentations by faculty and students; external speakers; sessions on methodologies and new literature; professional development; and non-traditional practices such as public science, activism, and internships. They embed broader program requirements in an experimental, flexible, adaptable, and interdisciplinary intellectual space.

NEW GS/STS 6005 3.0 STS Research Clusters - Bodies: Organic, Inorganic, Technological

Research Cluster fosters theoretical and methodological innovation on Bodies: Organic, Inorganic, Technological. Involves biweekly meetings of faculty and graduate students who engage in a range of activities: e.g. presentations by faculty and students; external speakers; sessions on methodologies and new literature; professional development; and non-traditional practices such as public science, activism, and internships. They embed broader program requirements in an experimental, flexible, adaptable, and interdisciplinary intellectual space.

Elective Courses (Fall & Winter 2022-2023)

Courses to be confirmed.