Science and technology studies

In science and technology studies, the focus is on the ever-closer links between scientific, technological and societal change. Analysing these changes is of key relevance today, as scientific and technological innovations are regarded as drivers of the economy and means for overcoming major societal challenges. At the same time, new knowledge and new technologies often give rise to frequently controversial socio-political questions. With regard to research subjects, the focus is on analysing how knowledge and innovation are generated, what role science and technology play in the organisation of societies at global and local levels, and how this is discussed and influenced in democracies. Across these different subjects, the role of values and evaluations in science and society, as well as questions of responsibility in research and innovation are addressed. Interdisciplinary cooperation with the corresponding scientific and technological fields is of particular relevance for science and technology studies at the Faculty.