Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Brown, Matt
Discipline and Number
ARHM 3100 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Topics in Values and Science

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.

Course Calendar:
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"

Required Texts:

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Attendance on all dates above is mandatory.
  2. Prior to each meeting except the first, students must complete the assigned reading and contribute to a preparatory online discussion.
  3. After each lecture you must:
    1. Attend and participate in a brief discussion section, OR
    2. Write a reflection paper

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