[ GS-TNE ] KV Gender Studies TNF - Introduction

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Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year (*)Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung Waltraud Ernst 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Polymer Engineering and Technologies 2018W
Objectives Students gain insight into accounts of gender studies in science and technology development. They acquire important gender competence, which is indispensable for international acknowledged research, including science and engineering. The goal of this interdisciplinary course is to acquaint students in science and engineering with approaches of gender research in their specific areas. An analytically well-grounded insight in social gender relations enables students to understand, reflect and act responsibly within the specific gender structures of their disciplines.
Subject The course gives an overview of central debates and results of gender studies in science and engineering. Topics of science and technological artefacts are analysed regarding their meaning for gender relations. Theories as the co-production of gender and technology or science are introduced: How do social ideas about gender influence scientific theories and methods as well as technological development – and vice versa? Further, the course teaches the history of women scientists and engineers and offers epistemological and philosophical reflexions of situated knowledge.
Criteria for evaluation Attendance and participation in discussion; reading of the assigned literature; written exam on the content of the course at the end of the semester.
Methods Research results are presented that unpack mechanisms and background assumptions of gender relations in science and engineering. Students are encouraged to pursue self-learning in this field. Several approaches to integrating aspects of gender and diversity in research and development in innovative ways will be discussed.
Language German
Study material Waltraud Ernst/Ilona Horwath (eds.): Gender in Science and Technology. Interdisciplinary Approaches, Bielefeld: transcript 2014.

Knut Sorensen/Wendy Faulkner/Els Rommes: Technologies of Inclusion. Gender in the Information Society, Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press 2011.

Jutta Weber/Corinna Bath (Hg.): Turbulente Körper, soziale Maschinen. Feministische Studien zur Technowissenschaftskultur, Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2003.

Anne Fausto-Sterling: Sexing the Body. Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, New York: Basic Books 2000.

Changing subject? No
Further information For students of all bachelor curricula at the faculty of science and engineering and potentially as free elective matter in other curricula.

Every winter term there is a variation of this course taught in English: Introduction into Gender Studies in Science and Engineering (Ernst)

Corresponding lecture (*)GS-ISE: KV Introduction into Gender Studies in Science and Engineering (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 100
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority