‘Gender, Science and Technology’ AZEA 2306 is a second-year undergraduate elective course at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya. Malaysia has a long history of pro-science policy in development and education, however the question of gender in science and technology is often framed as unproblematic. There is an over-representation of women in higher education. The number of Malaysian women active in STEM research is also significant.
This course digs deeper underneath the statistics and beyond the maxim that science is progress and rational. It crosses the disciplinary boundaries of history, philosophy, social sciences and the humanities to critique the unquestionable authority of science. The course’s main objective is to foreground the role of gender and sexuality in the story of science.
Lectures are every Wednesdays 9-11 am at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Please contact me for more details.
Week 1 24 February 2016: What is technology?
Week 2 2 March 2016: Women, femininity and science: key concepts in gender, science and technology
Week 3 9 March 2016: The body, identity and technology
Week 4 16 March 2016: Sexuality and technology
Week 5 TBA: Computers, video games and gender
Week 6 30 March 2016: Cyber-feminisms
Week 7 6 April 2016: Species and gender: Animals, humans and women
Week 8 20 April 2016: Ecofeminism and environmental justice
Week 9 27 April 2016: Gender and science fiction
Week 10 4 May 2016: Guest lecture by Dr Por Heong Hong – Gender, medicine, and reproductive technology
Week 11 11 May 2016: Guest lecture by Dr Clarissa Lee – Gender and feminist philosophy of science
Week 12 18 May 2016: Conclusion: Science, technology and feminist futures