Fall 2019 - CMNS 455W D100
Women and New Information Technologies (4)
Class Number: 3536
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
BLU 9655, Burnaby
Prerequisites:60 units, including CMNS 253W.
Topics include the processes through which gendering of technologies takes place; information and communication technologies (ICTs), gender and public and private spheres; issues related to computerization of women's paid and unpaid work; and gender roles and the use of ICTs in relation to health; as well as the contributions which the study of gender and ICTs have made to theoretical debates within science, technology and society studies. Students with credit for CMNS 455 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.
This weekly 4-hour seminar is designed to explore tensions from a feminist science and technology studies (STS) framework, influenced by liberal, radical, socialist and contemporary approaches to gender and technology. Feminist STS expands the notion of what "counts" as a technology and suggests that the gender-technology relationship is flexible and fluid. Topics include: the processes through which gendering of technologies takes place; information and communication technologies (ICTs); gender and public and private spheres; issues related to computerization of women's paid and unpaid work; gender roles, and the use of ICTs in relation to health; as well as the contributions which the study of gender and ICTs have made to theoretical debates within science, technology and society studies.
Changes in technologies, particularly information and communication technologies (ICTs), have challenged feminist scholars to reconsider how feminist politics can influence women’s participation in the design and use of technology, and how technical changes can influence gender relations. In a society where access to technology constitutes a form of power, women’s participation in the traditionally male-dominated technical sphere has often been celebrated as emancipatory and empowering. Patriarchy can be dismantled so long as women possess the right digital tools to level the playing field. Yet, on the other hand, women's participation in science and technology remains gendered and inequity persists on a global level. Given that technology seems to reflect and privilege Western patriarchal values, would a more effective feminist position be an anti-technological one?
- Essay Proposal 10%
- Literature Review 15%
- First Paper Draft 20%
- Final Paper 25%
- Group Seminar Leadership 15%
- In-class Participation 15%
- Grading subject to revision with notice.
This is a writing-intensive course. Students who began their degrees in Fall 2006 onwards must successfully complete at least two (W) courses, at least one of which must be upper division, within the student’s discipline. It is strongly recommended that students take one (W) course as early as possible, preferably in their first 30 units. Students are required to complete their first (W) course within their first 60 units. Each (W) course must be at least 3 units and achieve at least a C- grade.
The school expects that the grades awarded in this course will bear some reasonable relation to established university-wide practices with respect to both levels and distribution of grades. In addition, the School will follow Policy S10.01 with respect to Academic Integrity, and Policies S10.02, S10.03 and S10.04 as regards Student Discipline. [Note: as of May 1, 2009 the previous T10 series of policies covering Intellectual Honesty (T10.02), and Academic Discipline (T10.03) have been replaced with the new S10 series of policies.]
Note: A minimum 2.25 CMNS CGPA and 2.00 overall CGPA, and approval as a communication student is required for entry into most communication upper division courses.
Fox, M.F., Johnson, D., & Rosser, S. (Eds.). (2006). Women, Gender, and Technology. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. (ISBN: 0252073363/978-0252073366).
Wajcman, J. (2004). Technofeminism. Cambridge, UK; Oxford, UK: Polity Press, 2004. (ISBN: 074-5630448/978-0745630411).
Additional readings will be made available On Canvas.
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