Spring 2023

Feminism in Sci and Med

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-209

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Katrina Karkazis (Section 01)

Description

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.

Limited to 20 students with 5 seats reserved for first-year students. Fall and spring semesters. Professor Karkazis.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to SWAGS majors; then students will be selected to maximize diversity across major, class year, and institution

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Readings, written work, class lead, oral presentation, analysis.

Offerings

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