Technologies are at the core of current societies and continue to shape our lives. New technologies like robotics, genetic manipulation or brain implants are disrupting all domains of life: healthcare, industry, arts, food, architecture, politics, finance, mobility. How to think about these developments? How to judge them? What to do?
This programme provides a thorough 2-year training to address the questions of technology in society. The programme mobilizes theories, methods and insights from history, sociology, philosophy and qualitative social sciences.
You will study in Maastricht - the home of a world-leading research group in this field - and abroad, in an international research internship. You will be an original researcher who combines the strengths of philosophy, sociology, art and history to raise novel questions and to find relevant answers.
The Research Master was accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accrediation organisation and received an exceptional score of ‘good’.
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“I have a passion for art and philosophy and want to understand how these two aspects relate to the development of science and technology. I think it’s important for society to realise that technology is not something we should be afraid of or that that passively affects us, but that there is a relationship between us and technology. We have a part in its development, and I want to further understand how we interact with science and technology.
During the first year we have courses in different disciplines such as art history and philosophy or science and technology studies. During the second year we get to do a research internship. Personally, I would like to do in-depth, qualitative research, conducting conceptual analysis, or analysing artworks to see how media interacts with technology.
After this master’s programme, we have different options, from becoming a curator in a museum or going into journalism, to staying in academia and pursuing a PhD position, which is where my ambition is now. I think about a teaching career because I like the interaction with students and mutually sharing information brings new perspectives.
I chose Maastricht since I like the interdisciplinary approach that Maastricht University offers. Additionally, I wanted to study in an international environment and gain a deeper insight into the research process.”
“After this master’s programme we have many options, from becoming museum curators or journalists to pursuing a career in academia.”
Before starting her research master’s at Maastricht University, Pia-Zoe finished a bachelor’s programme in Arts and Culture at the same university.
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This research master’s programme lets you tailor it to your own interests. In that way, you are shaping your own future.
After my bachelor’s programme which was very broad, I was ready to specialise and really dive into learning skills.
The programme showed me what it means to actually be a researcher.
Tessa Groen, alumna of the Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology research master at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), has won the Higher Education Thesis Award 2019.
CAST alumna Tessa Groen has been nominated by the Landelijke Studenten Vakbond and ScienceGuide for the Higher Education Thesis Award 2019.
Interview with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumn Remco Beckers about his job as project coordinator and curator at Bureau Europa.
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