GEND2903 Sex, Gender, Technology and Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 option in the Gender Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit takes as its starting point a number of observations. Firstly, there remain entrenched gender imbalances in many STEM (science,technology, engineering and maths) fields. Secondly, ideas about 'hard-wired' sex differences of body and/or brain, as well as ideas about gender fluidity, circulate freely in popular culture. Thirdly, theories of gender and scientific discourses are sometimes at odds. In all three scenarios, 'gender' and 'science' are held in some kind of relation. This unit is a collaboration between humanities and STEM academics at UWA, which explores how theories of gender 'explain' science; how science 'explains' gender; and how the discourses of gender studies and science can productively intersect.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) identify key ways in which gender bias can manifest in scientific contexts; (2) use feminism to inform scientific methodologies and research; (3) use scientific research to inform feminist discourse; and (4) use constructive dialogue to explore differences of approach with regards to gender, science and feminism.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) dialogue and reflection; (2) group case study; and (3) tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Completion of 48 points of study.
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
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