[ GS-ISE ] KV Introduction into Gender Studies in Science and Engineering

Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
3 ECTS B1 - Bachelor's programme 1. year Social Science Waltraud Ernst 2 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Bachelor's programme Chemistry 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 English
Study material
  • Candace West, Don H. Zimmerman: “Doing Gender”. In: Judith Lorber, Susan A. Farrell: The Social Construction of Gender. Newbury Park, London, New Dehli: Sage 1991, 13-37.
  • Roli Varma, Deepak Kapur: Decoding Femininity in Computer Science in India, in: 56 COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM, MAY 2015, VOL. 58, NO. 5, 56-62, DOI:10.1145/2663339.
  • Elvira Scheich: Science, Politics, and Morality: The Relationship of Lise Meitner and Elisabeth Schiemann, in: Osiris, Vol. 12, Women, Gender, and Science: New Directions (1997), 143-168
  • Florence Vienne:“Organic Molecules, Parasites, Urthiere. The Controversial Nature of Spermatic Animals, 1749-1841” in: Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophicalandthe Early Life Sciences, Susanne Lettow (ed.), SUNY Press, 2014, 45-63
  • Catherine Vidal: The Sexed Brain: Between Science and Ideology, Neuroethics, Vol. 5., 3, 2012, 295-303
  • Helga Satzinger: The Politics of Gender Concepts in Genetics and Hormone Research in Germany, 1900-1940, Gender & History, Vol. 24, 3, 2012, 735-754
  • Rebecca Jordan-Young: Homunculus in the Hormones? in: W. Ernst/I. Horwath (eds.): Gender in Science and Technology. Interdisciplinary Approaches, Bielefeld: transcript 2014, 111-128
  • Renato G. Mazzolini: Skin Color and the Origin of Physical Anthropology (1640-1850), in: S. Lettow (ed.): Reproduction, Race, and Gender in Philosophy and the Early Life Sciences, SUNY Press 2014, 131-161
  • Deboleena Roy: Developing a New Political Ecology: Neuroscience, Feminism, and the Case of the Estrogen Receptor, in: S. Schmitz/ G. Höppner (eds.): Gendered Neurocultures, Wien: zaglossus, 2014, 203-219
  • Aimi Hamraie: Designing Collective Access: AFeminist Disability Theory of Universal Design, Disability Studies Quarterly, Vol. 33, 4, 2013
  • R. Lau, J. Williams, N. Hasani, L. Lau: Drilling Into Diversity: Developing the Reservoir of Talent, in: Society for Petroleum Engineers, 2011
  • Cynthia Kraus: Am I My Brain or My Genitals? A Nature-Culture Controversy in the Hermaphrodite Debate from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s, Gesnerus, Vol. 68, 1, 2011, 80-106
Changing subject? No
Further information For students of all englisch bachelor curricula at the faculty of science and engineering and potentially as free elective matter in other curricula.
Corresponding lecture GS-TNE: KV Gender Studies TNF - Einführung (3 ECTS)
On-site course
Maximum number of participants 100
Assignment procedure Assignment according to priority