• Application Deadline: 
    March 1
  • Program Code: 
    300.GS
  • DEC in: 
    Social Science
  • Program Length: 
    2 years

This profile studies the impact of technology and science on our social norms, public policy and culture. Rapidly advancing technology continues to influence the evolution of society. Many technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), promise to enhance individual and social well-being while also portending massive social consequences. Understanding the issues, and how best to safely, justly and humanely take advantage of progress, is of the utmost importance. In this brand new unique and future-looking profile of the Social Science Program, students will explore contemporary cultural, social and policy issues related to technology through a wide range of social science disciplines. This profile option provides a great amount of flexibility. Students may take courses in various disciplines as well as a mathematics or biology course.

Understanding the issues in our society caused by rapidly evolving technology is an important task for social scientists today and in the future.
— Brian Redekopp, Society and Technology Profile Coordinator

What you will learn?

  • To identify the challenges and opportunities technology poses to society, including to health, the environment, the economy, arts and culture, the media and politics
  • To be scientifically and technologically literate, an essential skill for personal empowerment and professional success
  • To increase one’s own autonomy and well-being in relation to technology
  • To understand how science is related to social forces
  • To understand the positive and negative potentials of technology for social justice
  • To explain social phenomena and human behaviour using theories, perspectives, and approaches specific to the disciplines of social science
  • To integrate methodologies, perspectives, and approaches of inclusion, equity, diversity, decolonization, and anti-oppression when analyzing social phenomena and human behaviour
  • To conduct an interdisciplinary, individual research project
  • To explain how differences in social identities and world views could influence opinions, beliefs, values, and social interactions
  • To integrate an understanding of the root causes of environmental crises to take actions both locally and globally
  • To communicate work effectively in English, both orally and in writing, using appropriate vocabulary, form, and style
  • À communiquer en français sur un objet d'étude en utilisant le vocabulaire, la forme et le style appropriés

Where will this program lead you?

Graduates may pursue university studies in a wide array of fields: Urban Planning, Sociology, Data Science, Geography, Arts, Commerce, Communication Studies, Marketing, Political Science, Philosophy, Education and more.

Like all Social Science profiles, Society and Technology leads to a DEC in Social Science, which qualifies you for most university programs in the social sciences or humanities. Following university, graduates may pursue careers in a wide range of fields for which understanding the social impact of science and technology is increasingly in demand. These include advocacy and public policy for health, the environment, consumer protection and data ethics; journalism and communications; education; law; urban planning; user design; international development; business, finance, and market research; museum management; and library and information science.

What else you should know?

  • Great option for students who are not yet sure about their future studies or career path
  • Taking advantage of Montreal’s status as a tech industry hub, the profile offers students real-world exposure to the intersection of technology and social issues through field trips to local tech companies and technology conferences.
  • Students can enjoy a vibrant profile community and extracurricular life through the profile’s FutureVisions series, which features engaging talks, films and discussions on the promise and peril of technology for the world of tomorrow.
  • Society and Technology students can choose courses leading to a certificate in SPACE (Sciences Participating in Arts and Culture in Education), a student enrichment initiative connecting the arts, sciences, and social sciences.
  • Other certificates available to profile students include Environment and Sustainability, Decolonization and Indigenization Studies, Peace Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Students have many choices as they progress in the program
  • You do not need to know how to use technology or be a programmer or coder
  • You can take one math or biology course, which may be required as prerequisites for commerce and other programs at university, as part of your program
  • You may take further math courses outside of the program through Dawson’s Continuing Education

What do you need to get in?

  • A Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES) or academic background judged equivalent to the DES.
  • Secondary IV Mathematics: Cultural, Social & Technical option 563-404/414

Application Deadline

March 1



Last Modified: October 14, 2022