Fall 2021

Feminist Perspectives on Science and Medicine

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as ANTH-209  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-207  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-209

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Katrina Karkazis (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 209, ANTH 209, and SOCI 207) This seminar uses feminist theory and methods to consider scientific practice and the production of scientific knowledge. We will explore how science reflects and reinforces social relations, positions, and hierarchies as well as whether and how scientific practice and knowledge might be made more accurate and socially beneficial. Central to this course is how assumptions about sex, gender and race have shaped what we have come to know as “true,” “natural,” and “fact.” We will explore interdisciplinary works on three main themes: feminist critiques of objectivity; the structure and meanings of natural variations, especially human differences; and challenges to familiar binaries (nature/culture, human/animal, female/male, etc).

Students who completed SWAG 108/ANTH 211 Feminist Science Studies in Fall 2019/20 will need to consult with Professor Karkazis prior to enrolling.

Fall semester. Professor Karkazis.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022, Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Fall 2021, Fall 2022