2nd degree (Master)
Hist.Phil.socio. of Sciences
Coordinator Office Hours:
Dr. Otniel Dror
To examine modern science and medicine from the perspective of different gendered approaches
To learn a variety of different approaches, which adopt a variety of stances in respect to gender and science: from constructivism to feminist science to gender based medicine
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To argue from the perspective of different gendered approaches to science. To analyze modern Western science from a gendered perspective
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
Gender, science and society
Difference, gender and science
Woman’s body in a Male’s society
Masculinity and science
Feminist science theory
Feminist archeology and primatology
The science of gender
1. Textbook descriptions of Fertilization: Egg and Sperm
2. Emily Martin, "The Egg and the Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 16 (1991): 485-501.
1. Nelly Oudshoorn, ”On Measuring Sex Hormones: The Role of Biological Assays in Sexualizing Chemical Substances” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 64 (1990): 243-261.
2. Myra J. Hird, Sex, Gender, and Science (Palgrave, 2004), Chapter Two, pp. 17-28.
1. Cynthia Kraus, “Naked Sex in Exile: On the Paradox of the “Sex Question” in Feminism and in Science,” NWSA Journal, Vol. 12 (2000), pp. 153-157
2. Letitia Meynel, “Pictures, Pluralism, and Feminist Epistemology: Lessons from “Coming to Understand”, Hypatia vol. 23, no. 4 (October–December 2008), pp. 1-10.
3. Gender Based Medicine: newspaper articles
4. Ray Moynihan, “The making of a disease: female sexual dysfunction,” British Medical Journal 326 (2003): 45-47.
5. Emily Martin, “Premenstrual Syndrome, Work Discipline, and Anger,” in Wyer, et al. Women, Science, and Technology (Routledge, 2001), pp. 285-298.
6. Lori D. Hager, “Sex Matters: Letting Skeletons Tell the Story,” in Londa Schiebinger (ed.), Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford, 2008), pp. 65-78.
1. Robert A. Nye, “Medicine and Science as Masculine ‘Fields of Honor’,” Osiris 12 (1997): 60-79.
2. Naomi Oreskes, "Objectivity or Heroism? On the Invisibility of Women in
Science," Osiris 11 (1996): 87-113. Focus on 102-113
1. Deboleena Roy , “Asking Different Questions: Feminist Practices for the Natural Sciences,” Hypatia vol. 23, no. 4 (October–December 2008), pp. 148-153 (presentation)
2. Intro + Longino, in Wyer, et al. Women, Science, and Technology (Routledge, 2001), pp. 210-212; 216-217
3. Schiebinger, Introduction, in Londa Schiebinger (ed.), Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford, 2008), pp. 1-6.
4. Evelyn Fox Keller, A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1983), pp. 197-207
1. Tatiana Butovitsch Temm, “If You Meet…How Volvo Designed a Car for Women…” in Londa Schiebinger (ed.), Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford, 2008), pp. 131-149.
2. Judy Wajcman, “The Built Environment: Women’s Place, Gendered Space,” in Wyer, et al. Women, Science, and Technology (Routledge, 2001), pp. 194-208.
1. Alison Wylie, “Doing Social Science as a Feminist,” in Angela H. Creager, Elizabeth Lunbeck, Londa Schiebinger (ed.), Feminisms in Twentieth-Century Science, Technology, and Medicine (Chicago, 2001), pp 28-40.
Margaret W. Conkey, “One Thing Leads to Another: Gendering Research in Archaeology,” in Londa Schiebinger (ed.), Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering (Stanford, 2008), pp.43-64
1. Celia Roberts, “Biological Behavior? Hormones, Psychology, and Sex,”
NWSA Journal, Vol. 12 (2000), pp. 11-17.
Anne Fausto-Sterling, “The Bare Bones of Sex: Part 1—Sex and Gender,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30 (2005), pp. 1491-1517
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 5 %
Project work 85 %
Assignments 10 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
5 brief reactions to the reading materials count for 10 percent of the final grade