Analyzes gender in relation to race, class, nationality, culture, religion, and sexuality in the context of technological innovation. Its focus is on fundamental concepts, the feminist critique of technoscience, and the impact of gender issues on workplace inclusiveness and equity, in a transnational and historical perspective. It examines the effects of gender on the development and use of information technologies and on gender-based electronic information preferences.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand feminist critiques of science/technology and comprehend alternative strategies for thinking about technology as it affects women's lives.
- Understand the development of technology and science in a historical context and in the context of gender-based division of labor, using current theoretical constructs.
- Recognize the importance and processes of innovation as they impact women in technology-based industries.
- Develop strategies for maintaining an inclusive and equitable work community.
- Identify barriers to the recruitment and retention of women in the IT workplace and develop recommendations regarding strategies to overcome these barriers.