Knowledge and technologies are deeply intertwined with the ways we live in the world. How we communicate, move, work and care for our health – all this is constantly changing through new scientific and technological options. However, new techno-scientific possibilities also challenge existing value structures and ways of living, which leads to societal debates about risks, ethics and social justice.
At the same time, science and technology are not untouched by the societal environment they are part of. Socio-economic expectations and broader imaginaries of techno-scientific futures are part and parcel of contemporary research cultures, and influence how knowledge is produced and innovations are made.
Understanding these complex relations of science, technology and society is crucial in the world of today. The master’s programme Science-Technology-Society offers a unique opportunity to acquire expertise in this domain.
The MA Science-Technology-Society trains students to contribute to a research based critical understanding of the ever more important relations of science, technology and society. Central elements of the programme profile are a) a strong research orientation, b) internationality both in the scope of teaching as well as in the background of the students, c) a clear social science approach with a dedicated openness to the heterogeneous disciplinary backgrounds of its students and d) a focus on complementary skills vital in today’s academic and knowledge work contexts.
In its respective specialisations, the MA in Science-Technology-Society provides a comprehensive and critical approach to analysing
(1) how (techno)sciences and society communicate and interact;
(2) the cultures and contexts in which knowledge and innovations are produced and used;
(3) how politics frames and is framed by science and technology.
The MA Science-Technology-Society was established in 2009 and is a two-year English language programme. The number of students is limited to 25 per year.
"We are looking for open-minded and dedicated students ready to engage with the complex relationships between science, technology and society. The master’s programme has a clear international and interdisciplinary orientation. We hence strongly encourage the participation of students from different cultural backgrounds, as well as from different disciplines – ranging from the social sciences to the humanities, the natural sciences and engineering."
- Prof. Dr. Ulrike Felt, Professor of Science & Technology Studies
"In a time in which higher education is becoming more and more massified and anonymous, it’s a privilege to work with a reasonably sized group of motivated students from very different backgrounds, in a context which allows teachers to engage with students’ individual experiences, profiles and development – and be challenged by them."
- Dr. Maximilian Fochler, Director of the Study Programme