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These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Science, Technology, and Society (S T S)

S T S 416 (US;IL) (AF AM 416) Race, Gender and Science (3) The class will focus on race and gender as products of science, and how societal values shape scientific activity.

S T S (AAA S/WMNST) 416 Race, Gender and Science (3)

The course's objective is to provide a seminar for students to integrate feminist theory, social theory, and science studies through class discussions, essays and research. The role of science in defining, producing, applying and policing of gender and race in society will be explored through the work of feminists and traditional scholars working in a variety of disciplines from cultural studies to science studies. Students will be encouraged to develop a critical analysis of race and gender in science in order to understand the impact of gender and race on the production of scientific knowledge. This course is designed for students in the humanities, social sciences, science and technical fields. Readings will be taken from past and contemporary social theory (i.e. students will be reading original works not textbooks). Students will be expected to read, understand and synthesize 75-100 pages of reading per class and to discuss them in a seminar fashion in order to analyze, critique and evaluate various theories to develop their own understanding of the interrelationship of science, race and gender. In addition they will do two professional-style book reviews during the semester. At the end of the semester students will integrate theory with social, cultural and historical data that they collect through library research (with a minimum of 50 sources). Students will present the paper to the class in a conference style presentation that will conclude with a Q&A session.

General Education: None
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: 6 credits in S T S WMNST or AAA S

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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