About science and technology studies
Science and technology Studies (STS) interrogate and understand science as a social system and as a force that influences and shapes society and life. It looks at knowledge and technology in the context of people’s lives, and studies the interactions and relationships between science and society.
Scholars in this field investigate how social, political and cultural forces and values shape scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, impact on society, politics and culture. They are also interested in how people respond to science — the expectations that people have of science to deliver solutions and innovations, but also the concerns that exist about the ethical boundaries and impacts of cutting-edge science.
CREST, as the host of the new DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Policy Innovation (SciSTIP) will enable in-depth, long-term studies within the broad context of STS. The Centre will offer post-graduate students research opportunities in specialist topics within STS. Three different options are open to students wishing to participate: general science and technology studies; research management and evaluation; and science communication.
STS is part of research in the social sciences. Prospective students should therefore ideally be familiar with either quantitative or qualitative research methods or both, but will also be able to acquire these skills while studying at Stellenbosch University.
Stay in touch with Crest and SciSTIP
Contact SciSTIP centre manager Marthie van Niekerk on +27 (0)21 808 3708; or email her at [email protected]
Contact SciSTIP director Professor Johann Mouton via email at [email protected]