Topic: Sex, Gender, and the Brain
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White Hall 110
Fulfills WGS Cluster 3 - Bodies, Sexualities, Science and Health
“Sex, Gender and the Brain” introduces the student to the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies as well as the many intersections of this field with neuroscience. The course will include an historical analysis of scientific research on the brain in relation to gender as well as other intersectional markers such as race, class, sexuality and ability. Students will also examine current topics in neuroscience and gender as they relate to: (i) the question of intelligence; (ii) the relation between hormones and sexual behavior; (iii) our understanding of sex/gender roles and sexual identities; and (iv) the design and use of new neurotechnologies. Throughout this course, we will closely examine the scientific and theoretical practices in both neuroscience and feminism and probe the idea that these fields are co-constitutive. This course aims to inform students in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities about the impacts of neuroscience research on society, as well as the impacts of social movements and their critiques on the development of neuroscience research and new neurotechnologies.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- 1996. The Mismeasure of Man, 2nd ed. ISBN: 0393314251.
- 2011. Delusions of Gender. ISBN: 0393340244.
- 2002. Sexing the Brain, 1st ed. ISBN: 0231120117.
- 2011. Brain Storm. ISBN: 0674063511.
- Sex and the Brain, 1st ed. ISBN: 0262050870.
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