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Science, Technology and Society Programme

Overview

This is the first and only Master’s Degree Program with this name in Turkey. The program has an interdisciplinary structure that aims to provide a basis for fruitful dialogue by building a bridge between humanities and social sciences through science and technology studies and almost all courses are in English. The aim of the program is to transform students’ knowledge and experience gained during education from an interdisciplinary perspective to an academic study by approaching science and technology studies from cultural, sociological, anthropological, ethical and philosophical perspectives.

Aim

This Master’s Degree Program was founded in 2016 as one of the programs of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences of Istanbul Technical University. The program started to take students in the Fall semester of 2016-2017 Academic Year. Each course, except non-credits (Seminar), is 7,5 ECTS. Students are expected to complete 60 ECTS in courses as well as to fulfill the thesis writing criteria (60 ECTS) in one of the topics of STS within at most three years. They complete 120 ECTS in total. The program’s language is English. It is the only Master’s Degree Program with this name in Turkiye. The program has Erasmus+ connections with “Science Studies” Master’s Degree Program of Aarhus University, Denmark and “Science and Technology Studies” Master’s Degree program of Munich Technical University, Germany, and "Techno-anthropology" Master's Degree program of Aalborg University, Denmark. Education in all programs are in English. “Science, Technology and Society” Master’s degree Program builds a bridge between humanities and social sciences and science and technology studies by concentrating on historical, political, sociological, cultural, ethical and philosophical perspectives of science and technology. 

 

Audience

The program has interdisciplinary character, therefore it is open to any four-year-university graduates from all fields.  

Graduates’ Working Areas

Graduates work either in public institutions related to science and technology policies, or in ethical commissions regarding science and technology, or in science centers, or in the media. They may also continue their acamedic life in Ph.D. Programs.

Programme Outcomes

  • The ability to develop and increase the knowledge acquired in Science, Technology and Society based on the competency gained in the undergraduate level; to develop new types of knowledge by
    interpreting and integrating this knowledge with the knowledge coming from different disciplines
  • To analyze the knowledge, problem-solving and skills acquired in Science, Technology and Society in inter-disciplinary studies by using the research methods of social sciences
  • To execute and develop original research conclusions regarding Science, Technology and Society by developing new approaches and by taking responsibility in solving the complex problems
  • To claim leadership in case an inter-disciplinary solutions, critical approach and actions for solutions
    are necessary regarding Science, Technology and Society issues
  • To track record of current issues regarding Science, Technology and Society
  • To evaluate and critically analyze the norms directing social relations by using the knowledge and
    skills acquired in Science, Technology and Society
  • To execute the teamwork in compliance with Science, Technology and Society’s interdisciplinary
    structure
  • To collect, interpret and present the solution proposals regarding Science, Technology and Society by considering the societal, scientific, cultural and ethical values
  • To be aware of the continuity of the problems of Science, Technology and Society (Area Specific)
  • To communicate the current developments in Science, Technology and Society and one’s own work
    orally, visually and in written forms, by supporting them with quantitative and qualitative data and to
    present them to other groups in and out of the field in international arenas with competence, at
    least, in one foreign language and required computer program

Admission Requirements

​​ For information please visit the Admission Requirements website.


Courses

Compulsory Courses:

BTT 501E Science,Technology and Society Studies (Bilim, Teknoloji ve Toplum Çalışmaları) (3+0)

BTT 503E History of Science and Technology ( Bilim ve Teknoloji Tarihi) (3+0)

BTT 505E Global Politics of New Technologies (Yeni Teknolojiler ve Küresel Siyaset) (3+0)

BTT 507-507E Research Methods in Social Sciences(Sosyal Bilimlerde Araştırma Metodları) (3+0)

Seminer (0+0)

Tez (0+0)

Elective Courses

BTT 502E Ethics in Science and Technology
BTT 504E Technology and Modern Warfare
BTT 506E Philosophy of Science
BTT 509E Science Technology Policies
BTT 510E Material Culture Theory Methods
BTT 511E Energy, Transport and Society
BTT 513E Sociology Of Environment
BTT 516E Science and Technology Issues in Films
BTT 518E Science and Technology in the Ottoman World
BTT 520E Selected Topics in Science, Technology and Society
BTT 522E Integrating Educational Technologies into Engineering Education

Academic Executive Committee

Prof. Dr. Aydan TURANLI (Director and Programme Coordinator)
Asst. Prof. Aslı ÇALKIVİK
Asst. Prof. Barry D. STOCKER

Erasmus Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Aydan TURANLI

Academic Staff

 Name  Research Field
Prof. Dr. Aydan TURANLI Philosophy of Language / Philosophy of Technology / Philosophy of Mind
Asst. Prof. Aslı ÇALKIVİK Theories of International Relations / International Security
Asst. Prof. Barry STOCKER Ethics/Political Philosophy/Aesthetics/Continental Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Tuncay ZORLU The history of Ottoman Education / The history of Ottoman Thought
Prof. Dr. Aytekin ÇÖKELEZ History of Science and Technology / Engineering Education / Science Education
Assoc. Prof. Aslı ÖĞÜT ERBİL Climate Change Policies / Environmental Sociology / Environmental Politics / Local & Regional Planning Policies
Assoc. Prof. Ebru YETİŞKİN Sociology / Digital culture / Science communication / subalternity studies / curating as research
Asst. Prof. Sevil BALTALI TIRPAN Anthropology/Archeology
Asst. Prof. Giovanni MION Philosophy of Science/ Epistemology/ Analytic Philosophy/Logic