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Unit Overview


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. It is a core unit for students in the major of Gender Studies, as well as students majoring in Science and Technology Studies; but experienced students from any major — and especially STEM majors — are also welcome.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Gender Studies; Science and Technology in Society major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

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.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) dialogue and written reflection; (2) group case study; and (3) online quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray and Dr Heather Bray
Unit rules
Successful completion of
24 points
Advisable prior study
GEND1901 Beyond 'Gender Wars' (ID 1046)
or ENGL1902 Reading Bodies (ID 1676)
Contact hours
up to 3 hours per week for 10 weeks
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.