Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will focus on the relation that sex, gender, and sexuality have to medicine, science, and technology. This includes topics such as biological, psychological, and social scientific research on gender, problems of sexism and androcentrism in scientific and technology products and cultures, and the value of diversity and inclusion in science and engineering fields. The course will include special lectures by experts in the field as part of the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology lecture series.
- Wednesday, Jan 14
- Introductory Lecture
- Wednesday, Jan 28
- Lise Eliot - Sex, Brain and Culture: The Science and Pseudoscience of Gender Difference
- Read Pink Brain, Blue Brain
- Wednesday, Feb 11
- Anita Sarkeesian - Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
- Watch Tropes vs. Women in Video Games
- Wednesday, Mar 11
- Carla Fehr - Overcoming Ignorance About Excellence: Improving the Representation of Women in Science and Engineering
- Read Articles by Fehr TBD
- Wednesday, Mar 25
- Matthew J. Brown - Love Slaves and Wonder Women: Values,Social Reform, and the Psychology of William Moulton Marston
- Read: Lepore, Wonder Woman, articles by Rhodes, Brown
- Thursday, Apr 9
- Sarah Richardson - Gender and Science at the Interface of Mother and Fetus
- Read: Sex Itself, Richardson et al., "Don't Blame Mothers"
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
- Attendance on all dates above is mandatory.
- Prior to each meeting except the first, students must complete the assigned reading and contribute to a preparatory online discussion.
- After each lecture you must:
- Attend and participate in a brief discussion section, OR
- Write a reflection paper