AK2202 Gender and Technology 7.5 credits

Genus och teknik

This course is a social, cultural, philosophical, and historical investigation of gender and technology. Starting with the assumption that technologies are never gender neutral, neither in their design nor in their use, the course explores the co-construction of gender and technology in critical theories and technological practices alike. Drawing on feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) and feminist media studies, the course provides critical perspectives on connections between gender and technology. The course also aims at provinding a basic understandning of the interplay between gender and technology during history, for example in fields of organization of labor and introduction of new technologies.  At the same time, the course aims to not only analyze technologies, but to incorporate critical gender awareness in ways of envisioning development of new technologies. The course encourages thinking technologies in ways that make use of critical perspectives to make a difference to the technological practices that are being addressed. The examination consists in active participation in seminars, short reaction papers, and a final essay. Part of this work is related to ways of thinking, modeling or prototyping technologies differently, to spell out implications for design from a critical gender perspective.

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Course contents *

This course is a social, cultural, philosophical, and historical investigation of gender and technology. Starting with the assumption that technologies are never gender neutral, neither in their design nor in their use, the course explores the co-construction of gender and technology in critical theories and technological practices alike. Drawing on feminist Science and Technology Studies (STS) and feminist media studies, the course provides critical perspectives on connections between gender and technology. The course also aims at provinding a basic understandning of the interplay between gender and technology during history, for example in fields of organization of labor and introduction of new technologies.  

At the same time, the course aims to not only analyze technologies, but to incorporate critical gender awareness in ways of envisioning development of new technologies. The course encourages thinking technologies in ways that make use of critical perspectives to make a difference to the technological practices that are being addressed.

The examination consists in active participation in seminars, short reaction papers, and a final essay. Part of this work is related to ways of thinking, modeling or prototyping technologies differently, to spell out implications for design from a critical gender perspective.

Intended learning outcomes *

This course aims primarily at enabling the student to develop critical tools and perspectives to understand intersections of gender and technology. As a consequence, it also aims to facilitate thinking and developing technologies in new, different ways.

After the course, the student will be able to:

* critically analyze connections between gender and technology in theory and practice

* write an academic essay in the area of gender and technology, building on central concepts and perspectives of the course

* have a basic historical understanding of the interplay between gender and technology during the 19th and 20th century

* imagine and suggest ways in which technologies can be developed to disrupt or transform gender normative technological practices

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

180 credits academic studies in the field of Technical Science, Economics or Planning and documented proficiency in English corresponding to English B.

Recommended prerequisites

Recommended prerequisites: Bachelor/The equivalence of three years of advanced studies (180 hp)

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Literature

Kurslitteratur anslås minst fyra veckor före kursstart (bok + kurskompendium).

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • SEM1 - Participation in Seminars, Short Reaction Papers, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • UPP1 - Final Essay, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

The examination consists in active participation in seminars, short reaction papers, and a final essay. Part of this work is related to ways of thinking, modeling or prototyping technologies differently, to spell out implications for design from a critical gender perspective.

Other requirements for final grade *

The examination consists in active participation in seminars, short reaction papers, and a final essay.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Examiner

Per Högselius

Further information

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Offered by

ABE/History of Science, Technology and Environment

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Contact

Cecilia Åsberg (cecilia.asberg@abe.kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course might be cancelled if less than 7 students want to enrol.