Science Studies PhD Program
5045 Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Muir College
The Science Studies Program at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary PhD program committed to working toward a deeper understanding of scientific knowledge and technological change, past and present. The program offers students an opportunity to integrate the perspectives developed in communication studies and the history, sociology, and philosophy of science, while receiving a thorough training at a professional level in one of the component disciplines. Students enrolled in the program choose one of the four disciplines for their major field of specialist studies and are required to complete minor field requirements in the others. Students are also required to take the Introduction to Science Studies, Advanced Approaches to Science Studies, and two interdisciplinary, topical “core” seminars, and to attend the program colloquium. Science studies students are encouraged to select dissertation topics that offer scope for a cross-disciplinary approach. The PhD will be awarded in communication (science studies), history (science studies), sociology (science studies), or philosophy (science studies). In special circumstances, students may be permitted to work for the MA.
The science, technology, and society minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of how scientific knowledge and technological development interact with social values, norms, and institutions. The classes bring together students from the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities in an in depth, critical exploration of urgent questions about our increasingly techno-scientific society. Students primarily interested in the natural sciences and engineering will have an opportunity to explore the social, political, and ethical implications of their selected fields of specialization while students focused in the humanities and social sciences will have a chance to study the processes, products. and effects of science and technology from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The minor builds on UC San Diego’s world-famous graduate program in science studies, and the classes are taught by faculty drawn from the Departments of History, Sociology, Philosophy, and Communication. What unites these disparate disciplinary perspectives is a critical and analytical approach to questions of truth, power, expertise, agency, and legitimacy as they relate to science and society.
To complete the minor, students will take a total of seven upper-division elective courses (twenty-eight units) from the list below. Within their selection of seven classes, they will be required to take at least one course in three out of the minor’s four subfields—philosophy, history, sociology, communication—to assure that they will be exposed to at least some of the wide methodological range that characterizes the field of science studies.
Students interested in either taking science studies courses or completing the minor are encouraged to discuss their interests and develop a course of study with an affiliated faculty member of the program at their earliest convenience.
For further information, please contact the minor program’s coordinator at the Science Studies Office (HSS 5045) at (858) 534-0491 or email@example.com.
List of Courses (arranged by subfields):
COMM 108E. Politics of Bodies: Embodiment in Theory and Practice
COMM 112T. Interaction and Mediation: Interaction with Technology
COMM 166. Surveillance, Mediation, and the Risk Society
COMM 172. Advanced Studies in Mediation and Interaction
Critical Gender Studies
CGS 2A. Gender and Institutions (Medicine)
ETHN 102. Science, Technology, and Society: Race, Gender, Class
HISC 106. The Scientific Revolution
HISC 107. The Emergence of Modern Science
HISC 108. Life Sciences in the Twentieth Century
HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine
HISC 116. History of Bioethics
HISC 131. Science, Technology, and Law
SIO 296. Science, Conflict and Policy
PHIL 32. Philosophy and the Rise of Modern Science
PHIL 145. Philosophy of Science
PHIL 146. Philosophical Foundations of Physics
PHIL 148. Philosophy and the Environment
PHIL 152. Philosophy of Social Science
SOCI 134E. The Making of Modern Medicine
SOCI 135. Medical Sociology
SOCI 136E. Sociology of Mental Illness: A Historical Approach
SOCI 136F. Sociology of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society
SOCI 138. Genetics and Society
SOCI 166. Sociology of Knowledge
SOCI 167. Science and War
SOCI 168E. Sociology of Science
SOCI 171. Technology and Society