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1. Science, Technology, Society  [E-class]

History and contemporary status of this interdisciplinary field

Range of disciplines included (from History of Science and Technology to Innovation Policy)

Professional societies, journals, sites

Theories, concepts, practices-methods

Issues and approaches


2. Science, Technology, Policy   [E-class]

Introduction to Policy Studies for science and technology in the public (Public Policy) and the private sector (Business Policy)

National and international science and technology policy institutions and initiatives

Taxonomy and comparisons of science and technology policies

Science and technology policy advisors, science and technology in the parliament  


3. Science, Technology, Economics   [E-class]

Technology in the History of economic thought

Science and technology: Microeconomic aspects

Externalities, Public Goods, Knowledge and Technology

Science, technology and Economic policy

Economic Growth and Technological Progress

Economics of Science and R&D


4.Science, Technology, Law   [E-class]

Legislation about science and technology

Science, technology and regulatory authorities

Patents and patent offices

Open source approaches to science and technology

Science and technology in legal debates and court decisions

Licensing processing and issues in scientific and technological projects


5.Science, Technology, Business Ethics   [E-class]

Ethics and values in science and technology

Responsible science and technology

Science, technology and work values

Ethical issues in research

Ethical issues in the business environment


6.Science, Technology, Society: Special Topics   [E-class]

Science and technology in the public sphere (Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, Public Image of Science and Technology, Science and Technology Journalism)

Science and Technology Education

Science, technology and the Digital Humanities

Gender, science and technology

Science, technology and Social Policy

Science, technology and disability


7.Science, Technology, Policy: Special Topics  [E-class]

Research Policy

Research and Development Policy

Innovation Policy/Studies

Industrial Policy

Technology Assessment-Forecasting-Foresight

Science and Technology Studies and Risk Studies


8. Science, Technology, Society:  Computing and Telecommunications   [E-class]

Historical, sociological, anthropological and philosophical approaches to computing and telecommunications

Information technology in the cultural domain

Computer accessibility

Economic, legal, and business dimensions of computing and telecommunications policy

Special issues: intellectual property, censorship and freedom of expression

Privacy and security, cybercrime, surveillance

Big Data and Society

Gender issues in computing and telecommunications


9.Science, Technology, Society: Biosciences, Biotechnology, Medicine  [E-class]

Science, Technology, Society and Policy issues in connection to issues involved in the genetic modification of organisms, gene editing, cloning, stem cell for organ production, gene editing, genome screening, biomedical data banking


Biopolitics, the biomedicalization of society

Science and technology in the health care system

Humanities and social studies approaches to representative laboratory and clinical medical technologies

Science, Technology, Society and Policy approaches to drugs and pharmaceuticals


10.Science, Technology, Society: Environment and Sustainability  [E-class]

Climate change, science and technology

Conventional and renewable energy policy

Water, waste, air quality policy

Transport policy

North-South comparisons of approaches to sustainability policy

Sustainability Transition Models