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Research Areas & Courses

The Tsinghua STS Center offers a home for cross-disciplinary research on many aspects of science and technology in contemporary societies, including:

Science Communiction Studies: which is trying to explore the model and mechanism of science communication and scientific popularization in China's context. The center's faculty had took part in the works of researc and drafting up of "Outline for Civil Scientific Quality Action Programme", and undertook several reserach projects funded by Chinese Technology Association and relevant government administration in Beijing.

S&T and Innovation Policy Studies: The center has achieved plentiful theoretical contribution in nations system of innovation, regional innvoation system, as well as innovative cites. The center's faculty had took part in the drafting of “Science and Technology Progress Act” (Revision), and the “National Mid-long term Science and Technology Development Programme (2006-2020)”, also participated in various of reserch projects and consultant jobs in provinces and cities level constantly.

Philosophy and Cultural studies of S&T: The philosophy of scientific practice is one of the most remarkable features, while the philosophy of technology also extent its arm to the philosophy of industry as well as the enterprises' culture context issues. The history, ethics and culture of S&T studies also got impressive achievement, which deeply embedded in China's society. Lots of comparison studies were being conducted with Japan and Russia.  


Understanding how science and technology shape society, and are shaped by it, requires methodological approaches and analytic insights from multiple disciplines. STS has been broadly defined for this Guide to include courses that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • ⇔  the course offers perspectives on contemporary or recent science (including both natural and social sciences) and technology from disciplinary standpoints in the humanities and social sciences;

  • ⇔  the course focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of science and technology;

  • ⇔  the course offers insights into public decision making involving science and technology;

  • ⇔  the course analyzes institutions that are heavily involved in producing or using scientific and technical knowledge or expertise (e.g., labs, courts, clinics, regulatory agencies, NGOs, advisory committees);

  • ⇔  the course examines the relationship between science and other forms of epistemic or cultural authority (e.g., law, religion, politics).