Are you a socially conscious, critical thinker? Are you interested in politics and technology? And does the connection between innovation and society intrigue you? Then the master’s European Studies on Society, Sciences and Technology (ESST) might be what you are looking for. As an ESST student, you will investigate the relationship between science, technology, and society, from a cultural, political, economic, and historical point of view.
The programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as history, sociology, ethics, and political science.
This programme is offered together with 13 partner universities across Europe. You will spend your first semester taking courses at Maastricht University. During the second semester, you will select a specialisation and write your thesis either at Maastricht University or at one of the programme’s partner universities abroad.
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In association with the University of Liège, Mattis chose for a master European Studies on Society, Science and Technology at FASoS in Maastricht.
Why Mattis chose to study European Studies on Society, Science and Technology:
“I chose to do my master’s in Maastricht because it is part of my two years STS Master at the University of Liège in Belgium. I really like the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society. We can use sociology, philosophy and use it on science but also economy, political science aspects. So, the program itself is very rich, and that gives me different perspectives on the topics we are studying.”
“My favourite topic in my program is about the conspiracy theories. I think it’s enjoyable to study, and an important subject for society . In my opinion, it’s a huge problem to our communicative society.”
“I find the Problem-based learning model (PBL) at Maastricht University much more stimulating than my previous model of learning. We learn about a subject by working in groups, solving a problem together.”
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What I especially like about the ESST program, is the interdisciplinary approach to study topics related to science and technology.
Studying European Studies on Society, Science and Technology has exposed me to even more than I expected.
What I really like is the fact that we have the possibility to go abroad to specialise in one of the 13 partner universities of this programme.
As a generalist, specialised in public governance, it is my goal to contribute to mitigating climate change on a European level.
I’m fascinated by how society is influenced by technological developments and science – and vice versa. I want to decipher recurring patterns.
In this programme you find yourself at the crossroads of society & culture and science & technology. With everything that is going on in today’s world, I cannot think of a more interesting place to be!
I would like to raise awareness about the growing influence of technology and science on people’s lives and the possible downsides of that development.
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