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Science, Technology and Society (STS) is for students from any NUS faculty or discipline who want to understand the immense influence of science and technology on modern social, political, religious, and cultural life. The core courses within STS are historical and sociological, but electives are offered across a broad range of departments and faculties. Students need no background in any particular discipline to do well in this Minor.

The Minor in STS is designed to:

  1. Serve as a formal scholarly ‘meeting ground’ for students throughout the university who are curious about the science-technology-society relationship.
  2. Present students with a basic yet critical history of modern science, engineering, and medicine, i.e., how, where, and when they arose, and why they came to have such inordinate influence in the modern world.
  3. Present students with a basic understanding of how social scientists study the physical sciences, life sciences, technology, and medicine, and how these activities have become embedded in social processes.
  4. Allow students to understand how science and technology differ from (and converge with) other realms of human thought and activity. To expose students to critical thinking on the ‘scientific method’, the manipulation/conservation of nature, and similar concepts.
  5. Acquaint students with the idea that science and technology (as human understandings of/mani-pulations of nature) interact with social, political, cultural, religious, and other realms normally considered ‘outside’ nature. To expose students to the lively scholarly disagreements as to the depth and limits of this interaction

Programme Requirements

Requirements for Cohort 2010 and After:

Pass at least 24 MCs from the basket of minor in STS modules, which include the following:

  1. A minimum of two essential modules (8 MCs)
  2. From the list of electives, a minimum of two modules (8 MCs) at level-3000
  3. A maximum of two elective (8 MCs) can be a ‘GEM’ or ‘GEK’; designation. Cross listed electives that were not taken under the GEM/GEK designation do not count towards this restriction (only applicable to students from Cohort 2014 and before)
  4. Students are limited to taking a maximum of three modules from a single department (outside the student’s major).
HY2251 From the Wheel to the Web
PH2223/GEK2037 Introduction to the Philosophy of Technology
SC3211 Science, Technology, and Society
GEK1013 or GEH1021 Rethinking Technology, Organisations & People
GEK1046 Introduction to Cultural Studies
GEK1501 Information Technology and Us
GEK1502 Food Security and Safety
GEK1506 Heavenly Mathematics: Cultural Astronomy
GEK1513 Wireless Communications: Past, Present & Future
GEK1522 or GEH1025 Global Environmental Issues
GEK1527/LSM1302 Genes and Society
GEK1536 or GEH1017 Computation and Machine: Ancient and Modern
GEK1539 or GEH1018 A Brief History of Science
GEM1536 or GET1020 Darwin and Evolution
GEK2506 or GEH1026 Drugs and Society
GEM2502 or GET1010 Modes of Invention
GEM2902 Climate Change
HY2235/GEK2008 Environmental History
NM2101 Theories of Communications and New Media
NM2102 Communications and New Media Research
(To Cohort 2012 only)
NM2209 Social Psychology of New Media
PH2201/GEM2025 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
PH2216/GEK2031 Environmental Philosophy
PH2217/GEK2032 Computerisation and Ethics
PH2225/GEK2041 or GET1025 Science Fiction and Philosophy
SC2211 Medical Sociology
PH2226 Concept of Nature in Inquiry
SC2221 Environment and Society
SN2251 The Information Revolution in India
SSU2000 Biomedicine and Singapore Society
UPC2206 Nanoscale Science and Technology
GE3231 Natural Hazards
HY3223 Technology and Culture in the Asia-Pacific
HY3252 From Tropical Medicine to Bioscience
NM3202 Governance and New Media
NM3210 Cybercrime and Society
PH3213 Knowledge, Modernity, and Global Change
SC3218 Inquiry in Health and Society
SE3218 Industrialising Singapore and Southeast Asia
JS3226 Japan: The Green Nation
NM4225 Critical Interaction Design


A maximum of 8 MCs can be used to satisfy the requirements of a major or another minor.

Not all modules offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science in the list are offered every year, and new modules might be added from time to time.

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