SAYANSI NA TEKNOLOJIA - DARASA LA SABA - NOTES
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IMPORTANCE OF STUDYING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
and Technology Studies (STS)
Technology, science and knowledge are important in modern contemporary
society. Essential questions include the following: How does science and
technology produce new products, new ways of understanding, new ways of living
and new institutions? Why is new technology and knowledge so fundamental to us
in the ways through which we imagine the future?
Technology, knowledge and science are fundamental in modern contemporary
society. The understanding of how social, cultural and material elements
influence the production of new practices, new ways of understanding and new
institutions is vital in our understanding of contemporary postmodern society.
Studies of technology and science provides students with insight into how
different processes of knowledge are initiated and progressed, and how
innovative technological processes are developed, employed and increase in
Studies of technology and science gives insight into the understanding
and knowledge of technology, science and knowledge from the viewpoint of the
humanities and the social sciences. Throughout the course of study students
will become familiar with amendments of social and cultural analyses of modern
science and technology in interaction with social, political, economical and
cultural processes of change.
In this manner, students will be provided with the academic basis for
working with detailed analyses of different forms of technologies and processes
of knowledge, within business life/industry and commerce, research and
research-related work, political development, management of knowledge and
Reasons To Study Science
Why study science? What opportunities and careers
can it lead to? Read on to find out our top 10 reasons from some of our science
1. Keep your options open
Choosing only three or four A-Level subjects is often tough, especially for
those students who feel ‘split’ between the arts and sciences. However,
choosing one or two science A-Levels will effectively keep both doors open for
your future degree. For example, studying English, Biology and Chemistry at
A-Level makes you eligible to apply for a top-university degree ranging from
English Literature to several science programs, medicine or dentistry.
2. …And further down the
Many recruiters like science graduates. You more likely to get well-paid work
in science, engineering or medicine than in the arts. And if you don’t fancy a
career in science, there is nothing stopping you from moving into a completely
difficult industry, with the necessary motivation and some relevant work
3. Improve you analytical
Science teaches you several valuable skills, but being able to analyse a large
amount of information in a concise way is one that is important for all
disciplines. You may not have been enthralled by the declining populations of
the mayfly in your local ecosystem, but the ability to draw conclusions from
evidence is essential and will enable you to be precise and articulate.
4. Learn to problem solve
Science is about finding solutions to extremely complicated problems. This can
also be studying what possible solutions have already been suggested, or ways
in which we can attempt to find these solutions. Either way, this can make
studying science satisfying- from both solving simple problems in an exam
question- or from the possibility of contributing to research in your future
5. Be practical
After 13 years of education, and a huge effort to get through a gruelling
university admissions process can often end in an anti-climax. For most
students this comes after ‘Freshers’ madness, when you realise that you had
really signed yourself up for a futher 3 years of mostly sitting in front of
your laptop at your new home (a.k.a. your university library). Being able
to spend half of your time in a lab will now seem surprisingly refreshing!
6. Science is creative
Due to the sciences being so broad, there is an incredibly large amount of
information to get through at A-Level. For this reason, students sometimes
believe that having a photographic memory is the only route to success. All
this changes at University. After choosing my dissertation topic, I was quite
literally given access to a very small and dark room, 16 live newborn rats, and
three months to test my hypothesis. With no textbooks.
7. Keep up-to-date
One perk of studying science is that the fast-paced nature of discovery and
development can make it tremendously exciting, especially if you are in a
department with a strong research focus. Being taught concepts that are named
after your own Professors is certainly a privilege, as well as a host of
interesting guest lectures, conferences, and even opportunities to contribute
to the latest research.
8. Get value for your money
At University, science students are not labelled geeks without reason.
According to Which? University, the average number of contact hours at UK
Universities ranges from 21 hour 18 mins (Medicine and Dentistry) to 9 hours 8
minutes (Historical and Philosophical Studies)1. At £9,000 for a
30-week year, the later option is by no mean a bargain. Choosing science means
more teaching and more interaction with your fellow students.
9. Remember that not all
learning happens at university
It is very possible, and sometimes even more desirable, to enjoy your artistic
and creative side outside of your career focus. There are plenty of top
students and employees in all fields who are also accomplished musicians,
artists, chefs, film directors, novelists, bloggers, political activists and
linguists. Pursuing these interests can only serve an advantage to develop all
kinds of skills and give you a more broad outlook, even if it is as simple as
being a keen reader.
10. Discover the world around you
I believe this is what I was told at eleven, and still hold it to be true.
There is nothing more fascinating or relevant to study. So while grappling with
balancing equations or looking under that microscope, be reassured that your
hard work really will pay off.