What does a scientist look like, or act like? What kinds of questions are “scientific”? Most of us have been taught, consciously or unconsciously, a set of answers to these questions. In this decal, we want to open up discussion around the traditional narrative of science, and explore the stories that often get overlooked.
In the first half of the course we’ll learn about the contributions of women and people of color across the physical sciences, as well as the traditions of science and ways of knowing in non-western cultures. In the second half, we will move into the present day and examine how culture and systemic biases intersect with science.
Course Objectives: Gain appreciation for how women, people of color, other marginalized groups have contributed to physical sciences/STEM, learn how to analyze historical narratives critically, gain a better understanding of the challenges for underrepresented students in STEM and what we can do about it. Examine how culture, ethnicity, race, and gender intersect with the practice of science and consider how to be ethical scientists.
Prerequisites: No prior knowledge is assumed. All that is required is an enthusiasm to learn and discuss the course material!
Attendance + Grading: Lectures will be recorded and synchronous attendance is not required but encouraged. As the class is highly discussion based, attendance in lecture and/or participation in online discussions is a majority of the grade. There will be a midterm and final project; both will be low-stakes and involve taking concrete actions to address the discussed issues.
Grade breakdown: 70% class participation/attendance, 15% midterm project, 15% final project.
|Section 1||Allison Zau, Anasuya Lyons, Mine Gocken||20||Zoom!||[W] 3:30PM-5:00PM||01/27/2021||Open||33407||33408|
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