Science and Technology Studies @ York
Why Choose 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.
(Please note that the new curriculum changes are subject to Senate approval)
- Re-envisioned & Innovative STS Curriculum
We have spent the last three years revisioning and designing a new curriculum for the MA and PhD programs that focuses on improving student experience in light of changing student needs.
- New STS Research Clusters
A major new feature of the re-envisioned MA and PhD programs are the dynamic, experimental, and flexible Research Clusters that we have introduced. We have two Clusters starting in September 2021 and running for three years: (1) Technoscientific Injustices; and (2) Bodies: Organic, Inorganic, Technological. Each Cluster will provide a strong intellectual and social community for incoming students.
- Large, Interdisciplinary & Diverse STS Faculty
We are well-positioned to offer graduate training in STS across a wide range of research interests and fields due to the critical mass and diversity of faculty currently working in and affiliated with the STS Graduate Program. Faculty members have an enormous breadth of expertise to offer courses and supervision to students whose interests vary widely in terms of historical period, substantive topic, and theoretical approach.
- STS Faculty Research Interests
Our faculty work in exciting areas like adaptive design, feminist technoscience, Indigenous and postcolonial STS, technoscientific capitalism, pandemics and epidemics, new genomics and pharmaceutical innovation, histories of experiments, ethics of artificial intelligence, Big Tech and the power of digital platforms, agnotology, public understanding of science, space exploration, technological embodiments, sustainable and renewable energy, and much more!
- STS Research Culture & Community
In addition to the diversity, breadth, and depth of our faculty, we have a number of strengths that make York an excellent place for graduate study. York is and has been home to prominent journals in the field — Science as Culture, Isis, and the Journal of the History of the Behavioural Sciences — and STS faculty are regular holders of external research grants and mentors to research assistants - see here. The strong research culture and community created at York provides 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.
- STS Faculty Research Strengths
Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their excellent and world-leading research and scholarship. 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, and 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, Social Epistemology, Journal of Responsible Innovation, 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 (HSS), and Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS).
- Strong Mentoring of Graduate Students in Publishing
STS graduate students are encouraged and supported to publish their research in leading, international academic journals like Policy Studies, Telematics & Informatics, International Relations, and Information Polity, as well as in edited volumes published by Sage, Rutgers University Press, and Routledge.