Students begin their doctoral study by choosing a program area of inquiry that is relevant to their preliminary research problem or issue. Each area presents a different web of possible relationships linking a range of theoretical issues, debates and practical problems with relevant modes of inquiry from the humanities and social sciences.
The four areas of inquiry are:
Technology, Science and Society
Focuses on the impact of science and technology on society and culture. Students explore such topics as bioethics, environmental sustainability, and technology and material culture.
Culture, Language and Memory
Focuses on the study of language and memory as the primary means of reproducing and understanding our customs and ourselves. Students examine such topics as historic preservation, local history and new media.
Global Ethics and Human Security
Focuses on the challenges of building a common human community and addressing a range of worldwide human security issues, including corporate responsibility, democracy and peace building. Students investigate such topics as civil-military relations, community policing, and peace studies and conflict resolution.
Community, Self and Social Transformation
Focuses on how we can serve ourselves while connecting meaningfully to the larger world. Students study such topics as culture and values, educational reform and social policy.