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Issues in Science and Technology Studies
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Science and Technology Studies
Sergio Sismondo
Ruha Benjamin
Janet Vertesi
Social Construction of Technology
Sociotechnical Assemblages
Cultural Boundaries of Science
Scientific Knowledge
Citizen Science
Epistemic Cultures
public understanding of science
Goodnight Oppy
The Inventor
Polaroid Revolutionary Workers’ Movement
Silicon Valley
Lilly Irani
Walter Benjamin
Science policy
Postcolonial STS

How to Cite

Issar, Shiv. (2024) 2024. “Issues in Science and Technology Studies”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, February. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


Science and Technology Studies (STS) represents an interdisciplinary nexus of various academic disciplines. As a field, STS offers excellent tools to not only examine, but also help improve the troubled and ever-evolving relationships between society, the environment, and advancements in science and technology. Examples of these relationships could...

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Subject Area(s):
Communication and Information Technologies, Cultural Sociology, Ethnography, Knowledge, Law and Society, Organizations, Formal and Complex, Qualitative Methodology, Race, Class and Gender, Science and Technology, Social Change, Theory
Resource Type(s):
Class Level(s):
College 300, College 400
Class Size(s):
Medium, Small

Usage Notes

This particular syllabus was developed for a short, intensive summer course targeted at undergraduate juniors and seniors. It assumes no prior knowledge of STS, and frontloads the workload of the course so that students are less burdened as time goes by. This syllabus is probably best used for a class with small (<20) or medium (<50) enrolments....

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. Comprehend the foundational principles and diverse themes of Science and Technology Studies (STS) through its interdisciplinary lenses.
  2. Develop scholarly competencies in the realm of STS by critically evaluating key literature and case studies.
  3. Articulate core concepts introduced in the readings, such as Sociotechnical Assemblages, the Social Construction of Technology, the Cultural Boundaries of Science.
  4. Explain the sociotechnical narratives presented in Sergio Sismondo's book, "An introduction to science and technology studies", to understand the historical, political, and cultural dimensions of technology's evolution.
  5. Identify the complex intersections of technology, race, and societal biases through Ruha Benjamin's book "Race after Technology".
  6. Assess the social and ethical implications arising from technological advancements and their embeddedness in society.
  7. Critique the role of technology in shaping and being shaped by societal norms and structures, leveraging Janet Vertesi's book, "Seeing like a rover".
  8. Analyze the intricate relationship between society and technology through real-world case studies, understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders.
  9. Identify potential academic or professional trajectories that align with your burgeoning interests in STS and its multifaceted domains.

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. (Two of three) Documentary review exercises on Canvas (1500 words each) – 30% of overall grade
  2. End-term video presentation on a pre-assigned STS article – 20% of overall grade
  3. Weekly short-answer test on Canvas – 20% of overall grade (5% per test)
  4. Class participation & attendance – 30% of overall grade

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