York University

Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS)

York University, Canada

The purpose of the Department of Science and Technology Studies is to expand each student’s understanding of science and technology by exploring their social, cultural, philosophical, and material dimensions. To achieve that purpose, STS draws upon the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences to offer courses focusing on specific topics dealing with science and technology. There are STS classes on technological failure, epidemics, history of biology, science and gender, and changing notions of scientific objectivity. STS students draw connections across traditional boundaries to gain an appreciation of the role of the sciences and technology in understanding and shaping the world and ourselves.