M.Sc. Program in Science and Technology Policy Studies
The first postgraduate program in Science and Technology Policy Studies was launched in the 1997-1998 academic year at the Middle East Technical University. The research center TEKPOL was established following the launch of this educational program.
The design of the program speaks to the need to understand the knowledge-based society so as to deal with "economic, social, cultural and philosophical challenges of today’s knowledge-based economy and society." In this regard, the program endeavors to equip students with the necessary know-how in economic and social policy-making as well as theoretical approaches so as to understand technological change. Given the complexity of policy issues, the program adopts a multi-disciplinary approach.
Students can enroll in the non-thesis or thesis M.Sc.program, and there is an option for non-thesis students to write a thesis depending on their success in the first-year coursework. The non-thesis program consists of 3 core courses and 7 elective courses. In total the students have to complete 10 courses and write a term project within two-year time period. Students who proceed to write a thesis have to complete 7 courses in total (3 core and 4 elective courses). The core courses are:
For further information about the courses offered in the program, you can visit the program’s web-page of courses.
On the website, the educational objectives and outcomes are also outlined as follows:
The graduates of Science and Technology Policy Studies Master’s Program;
Upon completion of the MSc program our students,
The list of completed M.Sc. theses in the program in between 1999 and 2015 is available here. This list includes different research topics, such innovation management in Turkish industry; the ways technological changes affect Turkish trade unions; technology foresight in different countries; interdisciplinary practices in Turkish universities; triple helix model; social-political discourse of the surveillance society; deregulation in telecommunications sectors of Mexico and Turkey; free and open source software in Turkey; expert discourse on Turkish climate policy; determinants of innovation behavior; the role of technology in daily life; controversial issues related to reproductive biotechnology; use of technology in Non-Profit Organizations; science diplomacy, and so on.
This text provides a general overview of the M.Sc. program in "Science and Technology Policy Studies" at the Middle East Technical University Graduate School of Social Sciences. This educational program is closely linked to the Research Center for Science and Technology Policies (TEKPOL).
Duygu Kaşdoğan, "TEKPOL: MSc Program", contributed by Duygu Kasdogan, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 12 August 2018, accessed 19 August 2022. https://stsinfrastructures.org/content/tekpol-msc-program