Understand relationships between science, technology and society, shape the future in a sustainable manner
Be it digitalisation, energy transition, medicine or bioeconomics, scientific and technological innovations are closely linked to societal developments. In this Master’s course, you will learn to see the interactions between science, technology and other areas of societal activity, such as economics, politics and media, from new perspectives. You will acquire the skill of identifying and assessing, in a differentiated manner, the social conditions and effects of scientific and technological innovations. You will be able to recognise ‘hype’ about new technologies or scientific breakthroughs and mediate public debate on the risks, ethical controversy or social desirability of innovations.
The Master’s course, which runs for four semesters, is interdisciplinary in its approach and draws above all on theories and methods from social and cultural science in order to impart sound knowledge of the fundamental importance of science and technology to modern societies. The course prepares you for challenging jobs, e.g. in research and technology funding, political and corporate consultancy, EU and international organisations, media, public relations and cultural work, technological impact assessment and university and non-university research.