Syllabus for Gender, Science and Nature

Genus, natur och vetenskap

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5GN034
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Gender Research A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2021-03-14
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Arts
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university
  • Responsible department: Centre for Gender Research

Decisions and guidelines

The centre for gender research is responsible for this course. This course is obligatory for students reading the Master's programme in the Humanities - Gender Studies. Priority is given to students reading this programme.

Learning outcomes

Following successful completion of the course students will be able to:

- Independently identify, discuss and critically relate to various theoretical debates within the field of Science Studies.
- Connect gender studies theories to debates around nature and scientific knowledge.
- Identify and problematise the ways in which power operates within discussions of Nature Science and Technology.
- Actively participate in seminar discussions and present written and oral arguments in the independent and critical manner expected at the advanced level

Content

Given the power of Science and narratives of Nature it is crucial to examine how notions of nature and scientific knowledge is produced as well as critically examining what is produced. The core focus is to examine how power operates in the ways that 'science' and 'nature' are constructed and operate. The course takes as its foundation that Science and Nature are not pre-existing 'things' but subject to social processes and cultural norms. It is therefore imperative to examine how social and cultural values influence scientific traditions, how scientific knowledge is produced, and the implications of what is produced through various scientific epistemologies. With the specific help of Feminist and Gender studies theories and approaches this course introduces students to a range of historical and contemporary debates about the production of Nature and Scientific knowledge and their implications. Students are then encouraged to interrogate, problematise and apply these perspectives in relation to each other as well as to various contemporary issues.

Instruction

The course is delivered through a series of lectures and/or seminars.

Assessment

Examination forms include an active participation in the seminars; student led seminars; and a written paper based on the theme of the course. All essays will undergo a plagiarism check.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Readings

  • Ah-King, Malin; Hayward, Eva "Toxic Sexes: Perverting Pollution and Queering Hormone Disruption"

    Technosphere Magazine, 2019

    Länk till artikel

    Mandatory

  • Alaimo, Stacy Exposed : environmental politics and pleasures in posthuman times [Elektronisk resurs]

    2016

    Chapter 5, 'Climate systems' and 6, 'Oceanic origins' (46 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Alaimo, Stacy; Hekman, Susan "Introduction"

    Part of:

    Alaimo, Stacy; Hekman, Susan J. Material feminisms

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, cop. 2008

    p. 1-21 (20 pp)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Anthropologists are Talking : About Capitalism, Ecology and Apocalypse Latour, Bruno; Stengers, Isabelle; Tsing, Anna; Bubandt, Nils

    Part of:

    Folkens museum - etnografiska, ; Etnografiska museet (Stockholm), Ethnos : journal of anthropology.

    vol. 83 (2018) nr. 3

    pp. 587-606 (19 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bailey, Kier Interdependent ecological transsex : Notes on re/ production, 'transgender' fish and the management of populations, species, and resources

    Part of:

    Women & performance : a journal of feminist theory

    New York, N.Y.: Women & Performance Project at the Dept. of Performance Studies, New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, 1983-

    vol. 20 (2010) nr. 3

    pp. 299-319 (21 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Barad, Karen Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter

    Part of:

    Signs : journal of women in culture and society

    vol. 28 (2003) nr. 3 s. 801-831

    Optional

    Find in the library

  • Bergwik, Staffan An Assemblage of Science and Home : he Gendered Lifestyle of Svante Arrhenius and Early Twentieth-Century Physical Chemistry

    Part of:

    Isis : an international review devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences : official journal of the History of Science Society

    Wondelgem-lez-Gand: 1913-

    vol. 105 (2014) nr. 2 s. 265-291

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bubandt, Nils Haunted Geologies : spirits, stones and the necropolitics of the Anthropocene

    Part of:

    Arts of living on a damaged planet Tsing, Anna Lowenhaupt; Swanson, Heather; Gan, Elaine; Bubandt, Nils

    Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, [2017]

    pp. 121-141 (20 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Caster Semenya : The surveillance of sportswomen´s bodies, feminism and transdisciplinary research Wheaton, B.; Mansfield, L.; Caudwell, J.; Watson, R.

    Part of:

    Taylor, Carol A.; Hughes, Christina; Ulmer, Jasmine B. Transdisciplinary feminist research : innovations in theory, method and practice

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2020

    pp. 116-123 (7 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Clare, Eli Brilliant imperfection : grappling with cure

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2017

    Chapter 1 and 2, pp. 1-37 (37 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Daston, Lorraine; Galison, Peter Objectivity

    New York: Zone Books, 2010.

    Chapter 1: s. 1-55 (55 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Dolphijn, Rick; van der Tuin, Iris "Sexual Differing"

    Part of:

    Dolphijn, Rick; Tuin, Iris van der New materialism [Elektronisk resurs] : interviews & cartographies

    Ann Arbor: Open Humanities Press, 2012

    p. 137-157 (20 pp)

    Find in the library

  • Expectations of brilliance underlie gender distributions across academic disciplines Leslie, S-J.; Cimpian, A; Meyer, M.; Freeland, E.

    Part of:

    Science [Elektronisk resurs]

    Washington: AAAS, 1997-

    vol. 347 (2015) nr. 6219

    pp. 262-265 (3 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Feng, J.; Pratt, J. Playing an Action Video Game Reduces Gender Differences in Spatial Cognition

    Part of:

    Psychological science [Elektronisk resurs]

    Oxford: Blackwell, 1998-

    vol. 18 (2007) nr. 10

    pp. 850-855 (5 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Fine, Cordelia Testosterone rex : unmaking the myths of our gendered minds / Cordelia Fine [Elektronisk resurs]

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    Read 50 pages from your own choosing. Also available in Swedish.

    Find in the library

  • Franklin, Sarah Dolly mixtures : the remaking of genealogy

    Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

    Chapter 1. pp. 19-45 (26 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Grosz, Elizabeth Darwin and Feminism: Preliminary Investigations for a possible Alliance In

    Part of:

    Alaimo, Stacy; Hekman, Susan J. Material feminisms

    Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, cop. 2008

    p. 23-50 (58 pp)

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  • Haraway, Donna Jeanne Goodeve, Thyrza Nichols How like a leaf : an interview with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

    New York: Routledge, 2000

    Chapter: A gene is not a thing. pp. 89-95 (6 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Haraway, Donna Jeanne Simians, cyborgs, and women : the reinvention of nature

    New York: Routledge, 1991

    Chapter 1: pp. 7-20 Chapter 3: pp. 43-68 (40 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Haraway, Donna Jeanne Situated knowledges : the science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective

    Part of:

    Feminist studies

    New York: 1972-

    25 pp.

    14(1988):3, s. 575-599

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Haraway, Donna Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene

    Journal #75, 2016

    (15 pages)

    Mandatory

  • Hornborg, Alf Dithering while the planet burns: Antropologists' approaches to the Anthropocene

    Part of:

    Reviews in anthropology [Elektronisk resurs]

    1974-

    vol. 46 (2017) nr. 2-3 s. 61-77

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Hyde, Janet S.; Mertz, Janet E. Gender, culture, and mathematics performance

    Part of:

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

    Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences, 1990-

    vol. 106 (2009) nr. 22

    pp. 8801-8807 (6 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Keller, Evelyn Fox A feeling for the organism : the life and work of Barbara McClintock

    New York: Henry Holt and Company, cop. 2003

    Chapter 1: A historical overview (pp. 1-14) Chapter 9: Transposition (pp. 121-138) Chapter 10: A different laguage (pp. 139-151) Chapter 11: Molecular biology (pp. 153-170) Chapter 12: Transposition rediscovered (pp. 171-195)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Langston, Nancy Toxic bodies : hormone disruptors and the legacy of DES

    New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011

    Chapter 2, 3 and 4. (34 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Latour, Bruno; Woolgar, Steve Laboratory life : the construction of scientific facts

    [Ny utg.]: Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, cop. 1986

    Find in the library

  • Prejudice and truth about the effect of testosterone on human bargaining behaviour Eisenegger, C; Naef, M; Snozzi, R; Heinrichs, M; Fehr, E

    Part of:

    Nature [Elektronisk resurs]

    London: Nature Publishing Group, 1997-

    vol. 463 (2010)

    p. 365-359 (+ methods) (6 p)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Schiebinger, Londa Why Mammals are Called Mammals : Gender Politics in Eightteenth Century Natural History

    Part of:

    Keller, Evelyn Fox; Longino, Helen E. Feminism and science

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996

    pp. 137-153 (18 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Schuller, Kyla The biopolitics of feeling : race, sex, and science in the nineteenth century

    Durham: Duke University Press, [2018]

    Chapter 2: Taxonomies of Feeling: Sensation and Sentiment in Evolutionary Race Science. (32 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Stengers, Isabelle Muecke, Stephen Another science is possible : a manifesto for slow science

    Cambridge: Polity Press, [2018]

    Chapter 1-2 (47 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • TallBear, Kim Genomic Articulations of Indigeneity

    Part of:

    Social studies of science.

    [London]: SAGE Publications, 1999-

    vol. 43 (2013) nr. 4 s. 509-534

    (25 pages)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory