History and Philosophy Of Science | Feminism, Science, and Society
X123 | 12276 | Andrew Fiss


Feminism, Science, and Society

This course considers the intersections of American feminist
movements, scientific research programs, and educational policies.
The first half of the course will be divided into chronological
units to cover specific topics from 1800 to 1950: How did science
education develop at women's seminaries and colleges?  What were the
relationships between women's (science) education and the 19th-
century equal rights movement?

How did women gain recognition as professional scientists?  What
opportunities did the World Wars provide for women to pursue science
careers?  The second half of the course will consider contemporary
issues of epistemology, sociology, and policy: Do women and men
pursue fundamentally different research programs in science?  If so,
is this an effect of social influences or biology?  Lastly, we will
discuss whether educational policies should or should not encourage
women to pursue traditionally masculine/masculinist lines of
research.