Louna Hakkarainen firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaisa Karvinen email@example.com
Where & When
22.4.–10.6.2021 (no session on 13.5.)
Gender and Technology course is a space for collaborative learning and a facilitated reading group, where students can develop critical skills for analysing science, technologies and the process of design through a gendered lens as well as their own practice as designers, engineers, artists, researchers etc. The course consists of pre-readings (e.g. academic texts), facilitated group discussions, guest lectures, group and individual work (e.g. blog posts and learning diary).
Examples of themes that will be covered during the course:
Introduction to gender studies and feminist theories of technology: What is technology? How do we think about technology in relation to history? What does the feminist analysis bring to technology studies?
Technology as culture: What role does technology play in embedding power relations? What is the connection between machines and masculinity?
Technology as gendered: How do technologies reflect gender divisions and inequalities? How are power relations embedded in the technology itself?
Cyberfeminism: Does the virtuality of cyberspace spell end to the embodied basis for sex difference? What does the cyborg metaphor seek to communicate? How are people’s lives entwined with technologies?
Technofeminism: How do gender and technology mutually shape each other? And how technology and society constitute each other? What kinds of effects does marginalisation of women from the technological community have?
Upon successful completion of this course, students…
Are familiar with how feminism has contributed to social studies of technologies, science and design.
Understand that technologies and scientific facts are not neutral and don’t evolve according to an inherent technological or scientific logic, but that they are shaped by diverse social factors including gender.
Are able to critically evaluate promises and pitfalls of new technologies to diverse groups of people and to examine different artefacts and their histories through a gendered lens.
Pre-reading materials provided a week prior to each session
22.4. 15.15–18.00 Opening of the course
29.4. 15.15–18.00 Introduction to feminist technoscience
6.5. 15.15–18.00 Male designs on technology
20.5. 15.15–18.00 Technoscience reconfigured
27.5. 15.15–18.00 Virtual gender
3.6. 15.15–18.00 Xenofeminism
10.6. 15.15–18.00 LARP
individual work 45h
reading articles and watching movies in total 25 h
preparation for the coming session 5 h ()
learning journal 1–2 page/session, in total 15 h
(send the learning diary before on 10th of June)
group work 15h
(Middle assignment 5 and LARP preparation 10 h)
Grading and Assessment
The assessment of this course is pass/fail. To receive a pass and the 3 ECTS, students are expected to:
attend 6 sessions
prepare to sessions with the provided materials
participate actively in class
write a learning diary
produce a group project to be presented in the last session