Requires ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011.
This class will critically examine how social constructions of gender, race, class, sexuality, and disability shape science, medicine, and technology. We will consider the complex relationships between constructions of nature, science, objectivity, and the body to highlight how culture influences the theory and practice of different sciences, medical research, and technologies.
Some of the questions we will explore include:
How does science and technology influence everyday life? How are gender, race, sexuality and nation woven through the historical development of Western sciences? How has feminist science studies intervened or critiqued the construction of science, medicine and technology?
We will look specifically at how science is used to make claims about social differences, as well as examine some social implications of medical technologies. We will examine the culture of science, the power of scientific discourse, debates on the role of science in shaping government policy, and challenges scientists have faced historically and in this contemporary political context. No scientific background or experience is required; only a willingness to critically examine both science and ourselves.