What can I study?

Centre for Science Studies offers a wide variety of opportunities for you who wants to get a sniff at science studies, and for you who wants to take a full Master's Degree (and maybe even qualify for a PhD) in Science Studies.

Centre for Science Studies offers courses within the following five areas:

Science and Society

Many processes of decision- and policy-making involve research-based knowledge. There seems to be an increasing demand for highly educated persons in the knowledge society, in particular professionals who are able to place their knowledge in wider perspective.

Experts have to be able to work with experts from other fields, which requires understanding of one's own professional standards and appreciation of the social contexts for collaboration and application of knowledge. In the future, experts will need to integrate scientific and engineering knowledge with understanding of society, industry and politics.

Technology, Environment and Culture

Research and innovation are important to environment and culture, and increasingly so. Many research-intensive organisations and businesses aim to research-based knowledge to applications and commercialisation.

Modern society is built on technology, which is good and bad.

In itself, technology is neither good, nor bad. If we want to make better use of technology in the future, we have to get a better understanding of the development and application of new results and new inventions. 

Science Communication

Communicating science is important to society and to the sciences. Virtually all science and engineering students will have have to communicate their knowledge to a wide variety of audiences.

Almost every day the media serves new stories about path-breaking results. Public understanding of science is necessary to inform citizens about the spending of tax money on research, but also make everyday decision more informed.

Knowledge and communication is connected in many ways. The good scientist and the good engineer is also a good communicator.

History and Philosophy of Science

Ever since the scientific revolution of the 17th century, science has been a constituting element of culture and knowledge.

In order to understand the position of the sciences today in contemporary knowledge societies, one has to know about the history and philosophy of science.

Scientific results and methods have played a fundamental role for the development of modern society, and still do. The history and philosophy of science and technology are central to the understanding and appreciation of global and cultural change.

History of Mathematics

Mathematics has a long history, going back many thousands years in time. The history of mathematics concern mathematical developments but also the relationship between mathematics, society and culture.

Learning about the history of mathematics means learning about the internal dynamics of the community of mathematicians and the social conditions under which mathematics has been taught and practiced.

History provides an educational entry to mathematics, and Danish High School teachers have to pass a basic course in the history of mathematics.