WGSS 235
Innovation, Gender, and Sustainable Development Fall 2018
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 235 / SCST 235
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Technological innovation is vital for communities, businesses and nations seeking to adapt to a globalized, competitive world. But any innovation also has impacts on all three dimensions of sustainability: the ecological, the economic, and the social. For example, such impacts may either exacerbate or mitigate gender inequalities. This course uses a gender studies lens to study innovation in the development of sustainable practices in the present and for the future. We will look at the impact of gender stereotypes on innovation, including the co-construction of gender and technology. Since the course is taught by a visiting scholar from Sweden, a particular focus will be the EU’s policy of “Gender Mainstreaming” which requires all proposed policies to be assessed for their impact on gender inequality. The course looks at technical development as necessary and valuable, while investigating power relations and taken-for-granted views embedded in the particular forms it takes. The course will rely largely on analysis of case studies, and students will be encouraged to apply the analytic tools of the course to develop US-based case studies of their own.
The Class: Format: seminar, combination of lecture and discussion
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1472
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: reading journal, mid-term exam, and a final research project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, Environmental Studies majors, students who have taken WGSS 101
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: DPE: The course focuses specifically on tools for analysing the potential differential impacts of sustainable development projects along gender lines.
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 235 Division II SCST 235 Division II

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