Graduate Program

Scientific and Technological Policy – The Program – English

GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (PPG-PCT)

The Department of Science and Technology Policy (DPCT) has been offering the Graduate Program in Science and Technology Policy (PPG-PCT) since 1988. A pioneer in the area of Science and Technology Policy studies in Brazil, it remains as one of the few interdisciplinary programs devoted exclusively to this area nationally. The Program offered firstly a Master’s Degree, followed by a Doctorate Degree created in 1995. In 26 years the Program has graduated 216 Master’s students and 113 Doctoral students. CAPES Foundation, a body of the Brazilian Ministry of Education that evaluates all local graduate programs, scored the PPG-PCT with a Grade 6 in the last evaluation exercise, which covered the period 2010-2012 (Grade 7 is the highest score, meaning that a program attains top international standards). The PPG-PCT aims to address the inherent complexity of the theoretical and conceptual issues related to Science and Technology Policy studies. This complexity is addressed through the combination of methods, analytical perspectives and theories coming from various disciplines. The fulfillment of this aim influences the variety of research themes investigated as well as the disciplinary background of the DPCT faculty and PPG-PCT associates. The Program draws upon an interdisciplinary approach to study policy focusing on Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I). Hence, it includes many disciplinary approaches that investigate the creation and use of knowledge, its economic and social appropriation, as well as its social and economic conditioning factors and implications. Brazil is an emerging country that presents an intermediate level of social, institutional and economic development. These contexts determine distinctive conditions to the study of ST&I such as: technological weakness of the industrial sector; interactions between science and technology and social needs; interactions between policies and funding instruments to ST&I; legal and regulatory frameworks underpinning these activities; the specificities of North-South cooperation for ST&I, as well as South-South cooperation; the impact of new technologies on employment, labor organization, and academic expertise; gender issues; environment issues; agriculture and energy issues, and barriers to research and development in sensitive technologies, such as, among others, satellites, biotech and new materials. These elements have been driving the research questions addressed by the PPG-PCT since its foundation.

OBJECTIVES
The PPG-PCT aims to qualify professionals from different areas of knowledge that will acquire expertise to perform research, manage, formulate and implement policies and strategies in the field of ST&I, directed both to the public and the private sectors. The Program tackles the training of three types of professionals: i) academics based at universities and other educational and research institutions; ii) researchers and managers based at public institutions devoted to the management and funding of science and technology in Brazil, and internationally (mainly) in Latin America; and iii) managers based at business firms and non-governmental organizations that perform research and innovation activities.
The PPG-PCT draws upon the principle that the development of science and technology results from a social process conditioned by political and economic phenomena. The analysis of such process and the formulation of strategies and mechanisms geared by scenarios of social equality, economic development and environmental sustainability conform the mission of the Program.
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GRADUATE PROGRAM IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (PPG-PCT)
Master’s (12 to 30 months) and Doctorate (24 to 54 months)

Description
The program seeks to prepare individuals with a range of backgrounds to research, devise, manage and assess policies in the field of scientific and technological development and innovation. The program focuses on the generation and diffusion of innovation process, on evaluating its impact, and preparing strategies and mechanisms geared towards scientific and technological development and innovation.

Topics of Research
1. History and theories of science and technology
2. Science and technology in the development process
3. Strategies for science and technology and social actors
4. Technological change, social transformations and the environment
5. Management of science, technology and innovation

Requirements for Graduation

Credits
Fulfill the amount of credits mentioned in the program description and earn a minimum coefficient of 2.5 from the second term onwards.
A maximum of 20% from the total credits can be recognized for courses undertaken in other Institutes and Faculties at Unicamp and other Universities.
Students enrolling in the Ph.D. program who have previously undertaken the Master degree in Science and Technology Policy at Unicamp (or equivalent) can be exempted, after approval from the CPPG-PCT, from attending 21 credits: 12 from the core lecture courses and 9 from the elective lecture course. A maximum of 20% of these credits may be validated in other Institutes and Schools of Unicamp, and also in other universities.

Language skills
Be fluent in English.

Candidacy Qualification
Pass the oral exam of a thesis/dissertation prospectus, which takes place up to 6 months before ending the master’s degree and up to 1 year before ending the Ph.D. degree.

Thesis/dissertation defense
Pass the public defense of the Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation.

MASTER’S DEGREE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (41M)

Completion of the Program
The minimum and maximum duration for the Master’s Degree program are 12 and 30 months, respectively.
To obtain the Master’s Degree in Science and Technology Policy, students must fulfill a total of 25 credits in courses and pass the thesis’ defense.

Required Activity
AA001 * 0 Master’s Thesis Core lecture Courses
Core Lecture Courses
CT010 45 3 Introduction to Science and Technology Policy
CT122 45 3 Social Studies of Science and Technology
CT140 45 3 Political Economy of Science and Technology
CT091 60 4 Thesis Seminar
CT130 45 3 Research Methods and Techniques in Science and Technology

Elective Lecture Courses
Students must obtain 9 credits among the courses listed below. The courses must be chosen in agreement with their Advisor:
CT001 45 3 Sociology of Science and Technology
CT017 45 3 Policy Analysis in Science and Technology
CT018 45 3 Strategic Management of Innovation in Companies
CT019 45 3 Policy and Management Instruments for Science, Technology and Innovation
CT121 45 3 Social History of Science and Technology
CT123 45 3 Science, Technology and Development
CT124 45 3 Theory of Technological Innovation and Technical Progress
CT125 45 3 State and Planning in Science and Technology
CT131 45 3 Special Topics in Social History of Science and Technology
CT135 45 3 Universities and Science and Technology Systems
CT139 45 3 Science, Technology and Agricultural Development
CT144 45 3 Technological Changes and Social Transformations: Employment and Labor Issues
CT146 45 3 Science, Technology and Social Actors in Latin America
CT147 45 3 Environment, Technology and Development
CT148 45 3 Energy, innovation and Sustainability
CT149 45 3 Science, Technology and Social Movements
CT050 45 3 Special Topics in Science and Technology Policy I
CT051 45 3 Special Topics in Science and Technology Policy II

TEACHER TRAINING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (PED)
CD003 30 2 Teacher Training Internship – PED C

Ph.D. IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (95D)

Completion of the Program
The minimum and maximum duration to complete the Ph.D. program are 24 and 54 months, respectively.
To obtain the Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy, students must fulfill a total of 33 credits: 24 from the core lecture courses and 9 from the elective lecture courses (chosen in agreement with the student’s advisor).

Required Activity
AA002 * 0 Doctorate Thesis
Core Lecture Courses
CT010 45 3 Introduction to Science and Technology Policy
CT122 45 3 Social Studies of Science and Technology
CT140 45 3 Political Economy of Science and Technology
CT130 45 3 Research Methods and Techniques in Science and Technology
CT241 60 4 Directed Studies in Science and Technology Policy
CT261 60 4 Doctoral Seminar
CT262 60 4 Dissertation Seminar

Elective Lecture Courses
Students must obtain 9 credits among the courses listed below. The courses must be chosen in agreement with their Advisor:
CT001 45 3 Sociology of Science and Technology
CT017 45 3 Policy Analysis in Science and Technology
CT018 45 3 Strategic Management of Innovation in Companies
CT019 45 3 Policy and Management Instruments for Science, Technology and Innovation
CT121 45 3 Social History of Science and Technology
CT123 45 3 Science, Technology and Development
CT124 45 3 Theory of Technological Innovation and Technical Progress
CT125 45 3 State and Planning in Science and Technology
CT131 45 3 Special Topics in Social History of Science and Technology
CT135 45 3 Universities and Science and Technology Systems
CT139 45 3 Science, Technology and Agricultural Development
CT144 45 3 Technological Changes and Social Transformations: Employment and Labor Issues
CT146 45 3 Science, Technology and Social Actors in Latin America
CT147 45 3 Environment, Technology and Development
CT148 45 3 Energy, innovation and Sustainability
CT149 45 3 Science, Technology and Social Movements
CT050 45 3 Special Topics in Science and Technology Policy I
CT051 45 3 Special Topics in Science and Technology Policy II

TEACHER TRAINING INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (PED)
CD002 60 4 Teacher Training Internship – PED B (Group R)
CD003 30 2 Teacher Training Internship – PED C (Group R)
Note: Internships are valid for all programs.
More information on the graduate programs taught at the Geosciences Institute can be found at http://www.prpg.unicamp.br