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 focus on sex and gender, and consider factors intersecting with sex and gender, including age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational background, disabilities, etc. We start with the history of gender 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 gendered innovations in AI, social robotics, health & medicine, design of cars and cockpits, menstrual products, and more.
Each student will develop a case study related to their interests illustrating how sex, gender, and/or intersectional analysis can lead to innovation and enhance social equity. Our weekly format includes critical reading of cutting-edge work in the field. Students should come ready to discuss and enjoy an open exchange of ideas. Key questions for the class will include—
- How can we cultivate inclusive design so that 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 will emphasize writing skills as well as oral and multimedia presentation; it fulfills the second level Writing and Rhetoric Requirement (WRITE 2), WAY-ED, and WAY-SI.