W4311: Feminism and Science Studies | R. Jordan-Young

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Undergraduate Seminar
Tu 10AM-12PM

This seminar uses feminist theory and methods to consider scientific practice and knowledge. We will explore how science reflects and reinforces other social relations, and consider whether and how scientific practice and knowledge might be made more accurate and socially beneficial. Banu Subramaniam’s book Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity provides a central thread as students 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, alien/native, female/male, etc).

All readings online; no texts to purchase. 

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