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Science,Technology, and Society Program

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 Social Sciences Institute 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

  • Istanbul Technical University Senate’s Admission Requirements,
  • Any four-year- university department graduates,
  • GRE Quantitative 630, the new system GRE Quantitative 150,
  • Graduate GPA should be 2.50/4.0 (65/100),
  • English requirement: TOEFL-CBT: 231, TOEFL-PBT: 574, TOEFL-IBT: 90, IELTS:6,5, YDS: 75
  • Two letters of references,
  • Transcript, GRE and CV,
  • Statement of purpose (1500 words in English),
  • Should be successful at the interview.

​​ For additional information please visit the Admission Requirements website.

Courses

Compulsory Courses:

Science, Technology and Society Studies  

History of Science and Technology 

Global Politics of New Technologies 

Research Methods in Social Sciences 

Seminar (0+0)

Thesis (0+0)

Elective Courses

Science and Technology Policies 

Energy Transport and Society

Ethics in Science and Technology 

Sociology Of Environment 

Technology and Modern Warfare 

Philosophy of Science 

Material Culture Theory and Methods

Science and Technology Issues in Films 

Science and Technology in the Ottoman World 

Selected Topics in STS 

Integrating Educational Technologies Into Engineering Education 

Academic Executive Committee

Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı  (Director and Program Coordinator)
Assist. Prof. Aslı Çalkıvik
Assist. Prof. Barry D. Stocker

Erasmus Coordinator

Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı 

Akademic Staff

 Name  Research Field
Prof. Dr. Aydan Turanlı Philosophy of Language/ Philosophy of Technology/ Philosophy of Mind
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Aslı Çalkıvik Theories of International Relations/International Security
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Barry Stocker Ethics/Political Philosophy/Aesthetics/Continental Philosophy
Prof. Dr. Tuncay Zorlu History of Science and Technology in the Ottoman World/ History of Ottoman Thought
Prof. Dr. Aytekin Çökelez Science Education/Engineering Education
Doç. Dr. Aslı Öğüt Erbil Climate Change Policies/ Environmental Sociology/Regional Planning Policies
Doç. Dr. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin Postcolonialism/Media and Culture/Sociology
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Sevil Baltalı Tırpan Anthropology/Archeology
Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Giovanni Mion Philosophy of Science/ Epistemology/ Analytic Philosophy/Logic