Centre for Science in Society: fully online courses available as part of your degree or for professional development  

Do you ever wonder why sometimes a wealth of scientific evidence leads to effective change – and sometimes it doesn’t? Do you ever wonder how social, political, and economic contexts shape the science done within them? How feasible is a predator free New Zealand? Are we doing enough to combat climate change? These are the […]

Postgraduate certificate in science (science in society)  

Interested in science communication? Looking to upskill in your current job? Study part-time and gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Science (Science in Society) with Te Herenga Waka to add more skills to your repertoire. Study in person or hybrid across theory- and practice-based courses where you’ll learn key science communication theory, how to put that […]

Develop expertise and perspectives on how arts, humanities and Indigenous approaches can engage with scientific, technical and environmental issues.

We are currently reaching out to new potential student communities for our offerings on how arts, humanities and Indigenous knowledges relate to science, technology and the environment. Some courses include creative and practice-based components, and are available across the University at second, third and fourth year level. They could be included, for example, in a […]


The Centre for Science in Society – Te Pūtahi Pūtaiao ki te Pāpori, started small, in 2013, with just two academic staff. We are now proud to have eleven amazing academics in our Centre as well as a Centre Manager and (currently interim) Director. Our disciplinary expertise varies widely, including Science and Technology Studies (STS), […]

Celebrating our science in society postgraduate taught students

Our fourth cohort of postgraduate students in the Science in Society programme recently celebrated their graduation. This brings the total number of students who have completed our postgraduate taught programmes to 35: 30 have graduated with a Master of Science in Society (MScSoc), two have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Society, and three […]

New Course! SCIS301: WRiting about science, health and the environment

Here’s some information about a new writing course we’re offering this year! HOW TO APPLY: Workshop coordinator: Rebecca Priestley, Centre for Science in Society  Application deadline: 20 June 2022 You will be notified of the outcome by the end of June. SCIS301: Writing about science, health and the environment replaces CREW352 (which ran 2013-2018), and runs […]

csis response to ‘in defence of science’ letter

We, staff in the Centre for Science in Society, resolutely oppose the recent letter by several established professors, which argues against the incorporation of Mātauranga Māori into the NCEA curriculum.   As an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose remit is the relationships between science and society, we note that the letter manages to misrepresent both ‘Western Science’ and Mātauranga Māori. It is worth pointing out that the proposed NCEA […]

Updated call: Master’s scholarship: Communicating climate change through tree planting projects

Updated: 15 February 2021 This project is for two Master’s students – one design orientated, one science or science communication orientated – to work together on a project with a focus on communicating about tree planting schemes as a climate mitigation tool.  We originally shared this project in December 2020 and we have filled the […]

t3 science in society courses

While many of our students are preparing final assessments for their T2 courses, we in CSIS are busy getting our summer courses up online. We have a busy teaching schedule lined up for trimester three, with the following courses all launching soon. SCIS101 Science in everyday life Our 100-level Science in Society paper is currently […]

Celebrating Te Reo māori at CSIS

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa, 14 – 20 Maharu (September) marks a celebratory time as Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori. The theme for this year’s Māori language week is ‘Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori’ – meaning, ‘Let’s make the Māori language strong’.      At the Centre for Science in Society, we fully support […]