The MA introduces students to the basic concepts and most important approaches in Science and Technology Studies (STS). It acquaints students with the history and the interdisciplinary context of Science and Technology Studies, tracing theoretical shifts and taking up current debates. Students learn to appreciate diverse debates and theoretical programs in STS, as well as in the contributing disciplines of Cultural Anthropology, Human Geography and Sociology, in order to be able to explore their links to specific research programs. Thematic modules include insights into infrastructures and policies (“Technologies of Governance”), the emergence of a global economy (“Cultures and Markets”) and the new Biosciences and -technologies (“Economies of Life”). In these fields, the impact of digital technologies is a major topic.
The two-year MA program has a unique feature: the reseach curriculum.
The research curriculum is a series of four one-semester modules that spans the entire duration of the two-year MA Program, engaging students in a research-oriented learning process, and giving them the opportunity to develop analytical and critical skills. The research curriculum provides students with the necessary methodological underpinnings in order to plan, conduct and evaluate their own fieldwork projects. They are introduced to a range of research options available to them, and to make informed decisions about which methods to choose from various research strategies and fieldwork settings. Students learn to understand not only the scope of empirical research but also the political, theoretical and ethical implications of ethnographic fieldwork.
Download the complete module handbook HERE (pdf, 175 KB)
Download the schedule for the winter term 2017/2018 HERE (pdf, 20 KB)
Download the official Study and Examination Regulations HERE (pdf, 500 KB)
Exemplary course of study (click picture to enlarge)