How have feminism and gender theory influenced the practice of science? What are feminist methodologies, and how do they shape research agendas in fields such as genetics, human biology, biotechnology, and medicine? How do ethical questions intersect with the research process, including questions of who conducts research and who participates? We will explore how working scientists use gender analysis to shape research choices, frame hypotheses, and re-imagine the structure of scientific inquiry. Assignments will allow students to explore areas of interest in depth, with the final project... Read more about Transforming Scientific Knowledge: Science and Feminism
The HEB Sophomore Tutorial is a small, discussion-based course required for Sophomore concentrators. In this highly interactive course, students read scientific papers that focus on key topics in our field, and discuss discuss and write about the findings and ideas that have shaped the field of human evolutionary biology. Topics include cooperation, cognition, culture, race, diet, bipedalism, and more. Through the course, students are introduced to the core questions, issues, and methods in our field, focusing on evolutionary theory, the concept of adaptation, and their application to...
Why are women well represented in some fields of scientific study but not others? Do gender beliefs influence the content of scientific knowledge? How is gender encoded in the practices and norms of science? This course explores the intersection of gender and science from Bacon’s seventeenth century call to raise a "masculine" science to the present. Topics include: girls, boys, and science education; gender and technology; women in the science professions; bias and objectivity in science; and gender and science in literature, film, and popular culture.
An introduction to the interaction between hormones and behavior, emphasizing research in humans. General principles of endocrine physiology are presented. The course then focuses on how hormones affect the brain and body in early development and later in adulthood, and the relationship of hormones to sex and gender. We will explore human reproduction, energy metabolism, mating and sexuality, parental behavior, stress, and dominance interactions.