STS 4231

STS 4231

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

Why are some technologies such as cars and computers associated with men and masculinity? How did vacuums and sewing machines become gendered female? How do technological artifacts and systems constitute, mediate, and reproduce gender identities and gender relations? How do technologies uphold gender hierarchies and thus social inequalities? This class explores the relationship between gender and technology in comparative cultural, social, and historical perspective. Specific themes include meanings, camouflage, and display; socializations; industrialization, labor, and work; technologies of war; the postwar workplace; sex and sexuality; and reproductive technologies. Most course materials focus on Western Europe and the United States since the late 18th century, but the issues raised in this class will prepare students to think about the relationship between gender and technology in other contexts including our own.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (HA-AS, HST-AS, SCD-AS)

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FGSS 4231HIST 4231

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 19122 STS 4231   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person