The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University, is introducing a new STS minor! Registration is open until December 31st, and the program will run in the second semester. Would you be so kind as to distribute widely among your BA-level students?
In the first course, Science as Culture, students gain an understanding of the rise of scientific cultures, their histories, and their most important institutions. The course also gives a theoretical and methodological overview of the most important concepts in science and technology studies. The second course introduces students to the key facets of scientific publishing and the systematics of research evaluation (including the role of publishers, evaluators, policy makers, researchers and research managers). Subsequently, students will gain insight into two crucial constituents of the production, communication and monitoring/evaluation of research: the number and the image. Like the two previous courses, these two follow-up modules are grounded in recent science studies literature and methods. In practical exercises, students will also learn how to apply the knowledge gained from this literature. The final STiS course discusses recent socio-technical developments that shape how scientists produce knowledge, collaborate, collect and share their data, and how they are being assessed. The course builds on the four previous modules but is also accessible for students that only took course 1, Science as Culture.
Taken together, this minor will help students to take part in consecutive interdisciplinary courses and projects and provides a thorough basis for scientific and professional work at the boundaries of disciplines, or in the communication or management of science.