BA/BSc Science, Technology and Society
|Typical offer||AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM|
|Location||Cornwall (Penryn Campus)|
Advancements in science and technology have various impacts on our society. But society also affects the scientific world, influencing its direction, through pressure groups, social values and priorities. In essence, Science, Technology and Society (STS) is the study of the interaction between these two spheres. It seeks to develop insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture.
Importantly, the course will prepare you for the challenges of the contemporary world. Increasingly, the dilemmas that confront people, whether in government, industry, politics or daily life, cut across the conventional lines of academic training and thought. STS seeks to overcome the divisions, particularly between the two cultures of humanities and science, and prepare future citizens to respond knowledgeably and reflectively, combining interpretive inquiry and rational analysis. This programme will bring together coherently, areas of studies which do not ordinarily meet each other in the undergraduate curriculum.
This highly multi- and interdisciplinary approach to study, combines modules from the earth sciences, geography, history, politics, business, law and mathematics. You will examine science and technology from historical, geographical, philosophical, political and sociological perspectives and critically understand the past, present and possible futures of science and technology.
You will explore a host of complementary perspectives on the sciences and technology in human cultures and consider how interdisciplinary collaboration could assist in finding innovative and viable solutions to international issues such as climate change, artificial intelligence and embryo manipulation.
Drawing on interdisciplinary thinking at the intersections of science and humanities from across the Institution, it will offer masterclasses and workshops to complement the curriculum from leading research Centres such as the Environment and Sustainability Institute, the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities and Science, Wellcome Centre for Cultures + Environments of Health Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCuLE).
- BA/BSc* Science, Technology and Society with Study Abroad
- BA/BSc* Science, Technology and Society with Employment Experience/ Employment Experience Abroad
*The degree awarded will either be a BA or BSc, depending on which modules you study.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
Entry requirements 2019
AAB-ABB; IB: 34-32; BTEC: DDD-DDM
One science* A level grade B or IB HL 5.
*Programme requirement AL or HL science subjects include: Biology/Human Biology^; Chemistry; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Environmental Studies; Geography; Geology; Maths/Pure Maths/Further Maths^; Physical Education; Physics; Psychology; Science (applied); Statistics.
(^ If more than one of these is taken they would only count as one ‘science’ but could count as two A levels towards our general requirements.)
If you would like a significant Mathematics element in your study of STS, you will need A level Mathematics grade B or IB HL 5.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
The nature of university learning, especially in the arts and social sciences, involves a lot of self-directed study and research. As well as lectures, seminars and tutorials led by internationally respected academics at the forefront of research, you engage in group tasks and self-directed study: reading or viewing module material, writing essays or preparing for seminars and presentations. We encourage presentation work as well as written coursework because it involves you actively in the teaching and learning process, and develops important transferable skills such as good verbal and visual communication, as well as effective interaction with other people. You will also develop a range of professional skills, such as time management and team working, plus valuable critical and analytical skills.
We are actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including increasing the use of interactive computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. For example, as part of their assessment, final year students taking the ‘Climate Change and Society’ module are required to design and maintain social media sites that aim to raise the general public’s awareness of climate change issues. You will also learn technical skills such as note-taking, research and IT skills.
The Student-Staff Liaison Committee provides an opportunity to communicate your views and influence, change and shape your degree. Societies organise guest speakers, trips and social events and provides opportunity to meet students who share a love of the subjects.
We believe that every student benefits from being part of a culture that is inspired by research, and where modules are taught by experts who contribute to the latest developments in their field. All staff members teach third year options related to their particular expertise and you will discuss the very latest ideas in seminars and tutorials.
You will have access to an academic tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
All degrees in the History department have assessments and exams each year. Although formal exams are important tests of skill, up to 50 per cent of your marks will come from other forms of assessment, including coursework essays, projects, dissertations and measures of your skill in presentation and oral work. The exact balance will depend on the modules you choose and you’ll be informed of the methods of assessment before making your choices.
Your first year doesn’t count towards your final degree classification, but you do have to pass it in order to progress. In order to be eligible for ‘with Study Abroad’ you will need to attain an average of 60 per cent or more in your first year. The assessments in the second year, year abroad (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification.
For full details of the assessment criteria for each module, please check www.exeter.ac.uk/ug/history
The rise of Science, Technology and Society as a teaching field reflects the shift in academic study that prepares students for real-world situations, both in the workplace and a much wider context.
The programme cuts across the conventional lines of academic training and thought and is designed to shape students into citizens that can respond knowledgeably and reflectively to the most important challenges of the contemporary world; whether in government, industry, politics or daily life. A Science, Technology and Society student should emerge from university as an engaged, active and committed global citizen.
Science, Technology and Society will prepare graduates for diverse career paths in a number of industries, for example:
- health sciences
- science writing
- public policy and administration
- environmental studies
A number of the University’s graduate attributes will be developed through study of the programme, including key transferable skills, such as:
- critical thinking
- imaginative problem solving
There is also an optional work placement module in Year 2, which gives students the opportunity to develop essential employability and interpersonal skills.
We have a dedicated, award-winning Careers Service, with offices at our Exeter and Penryn campuses, ensuring you have access to careers advisors, mentors and the tools you need to succeed in finding employment in your chosen field on graduation. We offer the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award which include employability-related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to your career decision-making skills and success in the employment market. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market, many employers target the University when recruiting new graduates.