WGS190-1: Fresh Sem: WGSS

Topic: Gender, Science & Tech Bodies

August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Candler Library 119
Roy, Deboleena
Appropriate for First Year students.
For first-year students only. Entry level seminar focusing on a specific topic.

“Gender, Science, and Technological Bodies” is an evidence-focused freshman seminar.  For more information, please see http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html.  The term evidence can be defined as the basis for belief; something that supports or challenges a claim, theory, or argument (adapted and synthesized from the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster Dictionary).  This freshman seminar will consider the nature of evidence by introducing students to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies and focusing on feminist epistemological concerns regarding the production of knowledge.  In scientific and technological research, what gets to count as knowledge?  Which traditions of knowledge production are considered valid and therefore get to count as evidence?  Who gets to participate in the production of knowledge and the gathering of evidence?  More specifically, we will discuss the nature of evidence and knowledge production in relation to science and technology as they also intersect with issues of gender, race, class, disability, and sexuality.  In addition to exploring the possibilities of incorporating feminist knowledge-making practices into the design and production of scientific research and technologies, we will investigate several methods of scientific inquiry and evidence gathering that may offer new tools for feminist politics and other social justice movements.  Our discussions will draw from popular representations of bodies, women, and biology with particular attention to stem cell research and reproductive technologies.

NOTE for WGSS Majors/Minors: This fulfills Cluster 3.

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