HIST 390
Race, gender and science: A Black, Brown, and Queer inquiry into Science and Technology Studies Spring 2021
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed HIST 390 / STS 302
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The protests that followed the murder of George Floyd have brought to the fore the realities of racism and violence that Black, Indigenous and People of Color experience daily. They also motivated a long overdue reckoning in various fields and institutions with the legacy of structural racism, and of colonial history. The history of modern science, technology and medicine is intractably connected to questions of race, gender, sexuality and colonialism. Scientific knowledge has been influenced by debates related to human difference and to colonialism, and has also contributed to the production of ideas around difference and distinction as well as around equality and equity. In this course, we will take a deeper look into different episodes in the history of modern science, technology and medicine, and will engage in a Black, Brown and Queer reading and investigation of science and technology. The course will offer a deep historical and methodological introduction to STS, as well as to a number of critical disciplines, such as Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial and decolonial theory, queer theory, in relation to science, technology and medicine. This course can serve as an alternative to STS 101.
The Class: Format: seminar; The course will be held remotely
Limit: 10
Expected: 15
Class#: 5675
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 2 response papers (3-5pages each) + final project (could be a 10-15p paper or creative project of any kind)
Prerequisites: Previous courses in STS, history, CRT, WGS, or similar disciplines is preferred but not necessary.
Enrollment Preferences: Juniors and Seniors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 390 Division II STS 302 Division II
DPE Notes: The course addresses how the history of science, technology and medicine is impacted by issues related to race, gender, sexuality and colonialism
Attributes: HIST Group G Electives - Global History
STS Senior Seminars

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