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Co-sponsored by Victoria College and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), the Minor in Science, Technology, and Society is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the different ways science and technology shapes society and, in turn, how society shapes science and technology. From the food we eat to the way we conceive family relations or our obligations to future generations, our daily practices and our beliefs are increasingly influenced by scientific research and its applications. In turn, politics, public opinion, moral beliefs and cultural practices affect scientific and technological development. Courses in this program address such topics as science and values, science-related policy and politics, ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.

Program Contacts

Professor Hakob Barseghyan
Program Coordinator
hakob.barseghyan@utoronto.ca

Chris de Barros
Academic Liaison Officer 
vic.academics@utoronto.ca

Program Requirements

To acquire a Minor in the Science, Technology, and Society Program, you'll need to complete a total of 4.0 credits, including at least 1.0 credit at the 300+ level

Please note:

  • Only 1.0 credit (at most) from the 100 level will be counted towards your total
  • Up to 1.0 credit may be chosen from approved courses offered by other departments (see "Additional & Cognate Courses" below)
Mandatory Courses

You must complete HPS200H1 - Science and Values.

Victoria College Courses

You will need to complete 1.0 credit from the following courses:

  • VIC206H1 - Psychology and Society
  • VIC207H1 - Evolution, Genetics, and Behaviour
  • VIC245H1 - Science Wars: Society and the Limits of Scientific Knowledge
  • VIC246H1 - Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Monster
  • VIC274H1 - Wisdom of the Social Sciences
  • VIC377H1 - Special Topics in Science and Society
  • VIC493H1 - Vic Capstone Research Colloquium (Science)
  • REN242H1 - Scientific Worldviews of the Renaissance
  • REN343H1 - Sex and Gender
  • CRE247H1 - Creativity in the Sciences
  • CRE371H1 - Documenting Reality


The following first year courses may also be used towards the 1.0 credit:

  • VIC106H1 - Psychology and Society
  • VIC121H1 - Evaluating Healthcare: Problems and Solutions
  • VIC122H1 - Scientific Evidence in Public Policy
  • VIC137H1 - Science and Science Fiction
  • VIC170Y1 - The Impact of Science on Our Society
  • VIC172Y1 - Physical Sciences Today

 

 

History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Courses

You must complete 1.0 credit from IHPST's course offerings:

  • HPS110H1 - The Science of Human Nature
  • HPS202H1 - Technology in the Modern World
  • HPS210H1 - Scientific Revolutions I
  • HPS211H1 - Scientific Revolutions II
  • HPS222H1 - Science, Paradoxes, and Knowledge
  • HPS245H1 - Visions of Society and Progress
  • HPS260H1 - Biology and the Future: Science and Science Fiction
  • HPS270H1 - Science and Literature
  • HPS272H1 - Science against Religion? A Complex History
  • HPS307H1 - History of Energy
  • HPS318H1 - History of Medicine I
  • HPS319H1 - History of Medicine II
  • HPS324H1 - Natural Science and Social Issues
  • HPS345H1 - Quantifying the World: the Debates on the Ethical
    and Epistemic Implications of AI and Automation
  • HPS346H1 - Modifying and Optimizing Life: on the Peculiar Alliance
    between AI, Biology, and Engineering
  • HPS351H1 - Life Sciences and Society
  • HPS401H1 - Scientific Artifacts
  • HPS402H1 - Animals in the Histories of Science and Technology
  • HPS430H1 - History of Technology I
  • HPS431H1 - History of Technology II
  • HPS440H1 - Topics in History of Medicine
  • HPS450H1 - Revolutions in Science
Additional & Cognate Courses

You must complete an additional 0.5 credit from either the Victoria College or HPS courses listed above.

You must complete the remaining 1.0 credit from the Victoria College or HPS courses listed above OR from the list of approved cognate courses below:

  • ANT358H1, ANT364H1
  • BIO220H1
  • EEB215H1
  • ENV200H1
  • ETH220H1
  • GGR223H1
  • JIG322H1
  • JGE321H1
  • PHL273H1, PHL281H1, PHL373H1, PHL381H1, PHL384H1
  • PSY328H1
  • WGS275H1