Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine, Engineering, and Environment
Gendered Innovations harness the creative power of sex, gender, and intersectional analysis for innovation and discovery. We start with the history of women in science in the scientific revolution to understand how to transform research institutions so that women, men, and gender-diverse individuals can flourish. The majority of the course is devoted to considering gender and ethnic biases in AI, social robotics, medicine and global health, design of cars and cockpits, menstrual hygiene products, and more. Each student will develop a case study related to their interests illustrating how sex, gender, and intersectional analysis can lead to innovation and enhance social equalities. How can we cultivate inclusive design so that medicines, public health measures, products, services, and infrastructures work well for people across broad spectra? How can we create science and technology that nurture an equal and just society?
This course fulfills the second level Writing and Rhetoric Requirement (WRITE 2) and will emphasize writing skills as well as oral and multimedia presentation.