Science, Technology & Society Specialization

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The Science, Technology, & Society (STS) specialization is designed to cover a broad range of issues, including the nature and organization of knowledge and expertise, science policy, and public understanding of science.

It is intended for Knowledge Integration students who want to
be exposed to a variety of disciplinary perspectives related to the social, ethical, and political dimensions of science and technology, beyond their core KI courses.

Pending Senate approval in November 2017. The first convocation that students will be able to request this specialization is June 2019.

The STS specialization consists of seven courses:

  • three from the INTEG core (see list below)
  • one STS-themed INTEG elective (see list below)
  • three STS-related elective courses from across campus (see list below)

Required INTEG core courses

INTEG 120 The Art and Science of Learning
INTEG 220 Nature of Scientific Knowledge
INTEG 221 The Social Nature of Knowledge

STS-themed INTEG electives

Students must take one INTEG course with an STS theme.

The following is a partial list of the approved courses. Upon request, additional courses may be approved.

INTEG 375 Special Topics: Science and Technology
INTEG 475 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary Collaboration
INTEG 475 Special Topics: Evidence-Based Decision Making
INTEG 475 Special Topics: Open Science and Technology

STS-related elective courses from across campus

Students must take three STS-related elective courses, two of which must be 300-level or higher; students cannot take all three from one department (as designated by the subject label).

The following is a partial list of the approved courses. Upon request, additional courses may be approved.

ANTH 303 Anthropology of Digital Media
ANTH 347 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 430 Anthropology of Science
ERS 265 Water: Environmental History and Change
ERS 372 First Nations and the Environment
ERS 404 Global Environmental Governance
ERS 406 Paths to Sustainability
ERS 422 Biosphere Reserves as Social-Ecological Systems
ERS 454 Parks and Protected Areas: Issues and Trends
ERS 461 Food, Systems, and Sustainability (Cross listed with GEOG 461)
ERS 462 Global Food and Agricultural Politics (Cross listed with GEOG 462)
GEOG 203 Environment and Development in a Global Perspective
GEOG 306 Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards
GEOG 307 Societal Adaptation to Climate Change
GEOG 311 Local Development in a Global Context
GEOG 426 Geographies of Development
GEOG 432 Health, Environment, and Planning (Cross listed with PLAN 432)
HIST 216 A Long History of the Internet
PHIL 208 Philosophy through Science Fiction
PHIL 224 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 226 Ethics and the Life Sciences
PHIL 245 Critical Thinking about Science
PHIL 252 Quantum Mechanics for Everyone
PHIL 256 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHIL 259 Philosophy of Technology
PHIL 447 Seminar in Cognitive Science
PLAN 333 Neighborhood and Community Planning
PLAN 340 Canadian Environmental Policy and Politics
PLAN 346 Advanced Tools for Planning: Public Participation and Mediation
PLAN 431 Issues in Housing
PLAN 432 Health, Environment, and Planning
PLAN 433 Social Concepts in Planning
PLAN 440 Urban Services Planning
SOC 225 Games and Gamers
SOC 232 Technology and Social Change
SOC 248 Health, Illness, and Society
SOC 312 Sociology of Science
SOC 413 Surveillance and Society
SOC 417 Liberal Arts Education and the Knowledge Society
STV 203 Biotechnology and Society
STV 205 Cybernetics and Society
STV 210 The Computing Society
STV 302 Information Technology and Society
STV 303 Cross-Cultural Change, Technology and Society
STV 401 Society, Technology and Values: Advanced Topics
STV 404 Technology in Canadian Society

link to Undergraduate Calendar Course descriptions (INTEG courses are listed in the Knowledge Integration section)