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[ GS-BC ] VL Ethics and Gender Studies

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Es ist eine neuere Version 2018W dieser LV im Curriculum Master's programme Technical Physics 2018W vorhanden.
Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS M - Master's programme Social Science Waltraud Ernst 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
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Original study plan Master's programme Technical Physics 2013W
Objectives Biology, Ethics and Gender (winter term)
The aim of this course is to understand how ideas of gender and gender relations shape questions, metaphors and models of biological theories, and how ethical questions can change directions of research.

Gender in technological processes (summer term)
Was the microwave oven developed for ‘single young men’ or for ‘gainfully employed mothers’? Who were the first computer-progammer and how did computer-programming become a ‘male profession’? Does the Internet provide (equal) space for all genders?

Gender before technology assessment
This course aims at the analysis of gender relations and gender images and their formative power in technology development and use. Students will have the possibility to acquire and broaden their reflexive and analytic competences by discussing selected theoretical and empirical findings, by analyzing specific technological artefacts and by discussing their own professional approaches and possible alternatives of action.

Subject Biology, Ethics and Gender (winter term)
Gender Studies discovered, that biology has been deeply interwoven with social values and cultural assumptions about the meaning of gender and gender roles in the past and in the present. In the seminar we will discuss the impact of the Life Sciences on gender hierarchies and gender norms and vice versa. We will learn about the relevance of ethical reflections for biological research.

Gender in technological processes (summer term)
In the seminar we will discuss the impact of technologies on gender hierarchies and gender norms. We will learn about the relevance of ethical reflections for technological research. The aim of this course is to understand how questions of gender and gender relations shape technologies as well as metaphors and models of technologies, and how ethical questions can change directions of research.

Gender before technology assessment
The course refers to central debates on queer-feminist technology studies in order to reflect on gender related inscriptions in technical artefacts (for example chain saws), which influence their conception and use. Here not only the materiality of artefacts but also the discursive embeddedness, affective relations, narrations, symbolic representations, perceptions on technical affinity and adoption as well as embodied knowledge are key. The course addresses these aspects by literature work, discussions and case analysis.

Criteria for evaluation Credits for oral presentations and written papers of one selected essay. The selection will be presented in the introduction session.

Gender before technology assessment
Attendance and participation in discussion; reading of the assigned literature and presentation of a text; analysis of an artefact (in teams of 2 students); presentation of results (ppt or other means of presentation); written résumé of the analysis (3-4 pages).

Methods Biology, Ethics and Gender (winter term)
After an introduction to the topic the students read one selected research paper for every session and prepare a presentation of one paper. Each paper will be discussed in depth related to the topic of the course. The transdisciplinary course is meant as introduction to the topic. There are no preconditions to take part, but the willingness to read every week about 25 pages in English.

Gender in technological processes (summer term)
The transdisciplinary course is meant as introduction to the topic. There are no preconditions to take part, but the willingness to read several selected texts of the topics mentioned above.

Gender before technology assessment
In the first course unit an introduction into the field will be provided and discussed; distribution of literature. In the second and third unit the students have to present their conclusions of the literature and work on a set of criteria for the analysis of artefacts. In the closing course unit students share their results with the plenum.

Language  English
Study material Biology, Ethics and Gender (winter term)
Londa Schiebinger: Nature's Body. Gender in the Making of Modern Science, Boston: Beacon Press 1993
Donna J. Haraway: Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. The Reinvention of Nature, London: Free Association Books 1991
Anne Fausto-Sterling: Myths of Gender. Biological Theories about Women and Men, New York: Basic Books 1985
Anne Fausto-Sterling: Sexing the Body. Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality, New York: Basic Books 2000

Gender in technological processes (summer term)
Judy Wajcman: Feminism Confronts Technology, Cambridge: Polity Press 1991. Donna J. Haraway: Simians, Cyborgs, and Women. The Reinvention of Nature, London: Free Association Books 1991.
Jutta Weber; Corinna Bath (Hg.): Turbulente Körper, soziale Maschinen. Feministische Studien zur Technowissenschaftskultur, Opladen: Leske + Budrich 2003.
Isabel Zorn; Susanne Maass; Els Rommes (u.a.) (eds.): Gender Designs IT. Construction and Deconstruction of Information Society Technology, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag 2007.
Waltraud Ernst (Hg.): Geschlecht und Innovation. Gender Mainstreaming im Techno-Wissenschaftsbetrieb, Münster u.a.: LIT Verlag 2010.

Gender before technology assessment
Allhutter, Doris/Hofmann, Roswitha (2014): Affektive Materialitäten in Geschlechter-Technikverhältnissen. Handlungs- und theorie-politische Implikationen einer antikategorialen Geschlechteranalyse. Freiburger Zeitschrift für Geschlechter Studien, 20 (2), 59-78.
Brandes Uta: Designing Gender oder Gendered Design? Zur Geschlechtersprache in der Gestaltung. Forum Holz/Bau. http://www.forum-holzbau.com/pdf/meran10_Brandes.pdf
Brandes, Uta (2002): Die Geschlechtersprache der Produkte. In: Zeitschrift für Frauenforschung und Geschlechterstudien, Heft 4/2002, S. 51-64.
Mraz, Gabriele/Hofmann, Roswitha/Bernhofer, Gabriele (2013): Die Motorsäge als vergeschlechtlichtes Artefakt. Maskulinitäts- und Femininitätskonstruktionen in der privaten Brennholzherstellung. in: Soziale Technik, 2/2013, 17-19.
Ormrod, Susan (1994): ‚Let’s Nuke the Dinner’: Discursive practices of gender in the creation of a new cooking process. In: Cynthia Cockburn/Ruza Fürst-Dilic (Hg.): Bringing Technology Home: Gender and Technology in a Changing Europe. Open University Press, 42-58.
Schmitz, Sigrid (2009): Gender und Diversity treffen Naturwissenschaften und Technik. In: Gender und Diversity: Albtraum oder Traumpaar? VS Verlag, 175-190.
Young, Iris Marion (2005): On Female Body Experience: "Throwing Like a Girl" and Other Essays. Oxford University Press, 27-45.

Changing subject? No
Further information For students of all Master programmes at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (TNF).
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 25
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority