Gender studies perspectives on engineering science and the technology concept 7.5 credits

Genusperspektiv på teknik och ingenjörsvetenskap
First cycle, G0008A
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2020 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 14 Feb 2012

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 04 Nov 2019

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Gender and Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Gender Studies

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The student should after the course will have acquired basic knowledge of gender studies’ various images of technology and technology development, especially interdisciplinary approaches that combine humanistic and social scientific knowledge with that of technology and engineering. The student should be able to apply concepts of gender studies analysis to the technology concept, in its various forms, and to technological contexts.

The course is about how technology concept relates to femininity and masculinity in society. Predominantly it focuses on a contemporary perspective linked to the Swedish and Nordic society, but also provides historical and global outlooks. The course studies the conceptual pair gender and technology, and raises questions about how technology concepts are defined and how this relates to engineering. Gender research in science and engineering have raised questions about the methods, goals and tools, used for technological development, and realized in goods, services, infrastructure, energy systems, and more. In this course you get acquainted with some of the themes of gender researchers interested in these matters. We also look at identity and the still common notion that the technical skillsare associated with a particular kind of male identity. The course introduces a more nuanced picture of masculinity in technical professions, and acknowledges technical areasthat are commonly considered feminine, such as textile techniques.

The course is entirely Internet-based and contains no gatherings on the campus or distance lectures in real time. Lectures, reading list, materials and instructions are available on the course website where there is also a room for discussion. Student takes the lesson packages, according to the suggested approach and scheme laid out on the course website, but also has the ability to control their individual plan with respect to their own previous knowledge. Examination is done through exercises that the student carries out and puts in the course folders that are created for the purpose. The recommended study pace is given from the last date of submission dates for the exercises, after which the respective folders are closed. If a student is late with an assignment, it is possible to make a later submission in a specific folder. The contact with the teachers usually goes via e-mail, discussion forums and the feedback student receives on their tasks. The teacher also places messages on the course website, reviewing general issues, changes in the plans oroverall comments to questions or trends.

The examination is divided into five assignments that the student submits on the course website in designated folders.
Marks: U, G

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETS educational administration , not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Maria Uden

Literature. Valid from Spring 2020 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Berner, Boel (2003). Vem tillhör tekniken? Kunskap och kön i teknikens värld. Arkiv förlag/A-Z förlag
Connell, R., Pearse, R. (2015) Om genus. Bokförlaget Daidalos. Tredje upplagan.
Tillgängliga i fulltext:
Statistiska centralbyrån (2010). På tal om kvinnor och män: Lathund om jämställdhet. Stockholm, Örebro: Statistiska centralbyrån, enheten för befolkningsstatistik.
Udén, Maria (1998) Två ingenjörsarbeten. Kvinnoforskningsnytt nr 3 1998 pp 4-8. Luleå: Avdelningen för genus och teknik, Luleå Tekniska Universitet.
Waldén, Louise (1982). Teknikkulturens dubbla förtecken. Ur Kvinnovetenskaplig Tidskrift nr 3 1982. Stenciler som meddelas av lärare i samband med kursen.
European Commission (2013). Gendered Innovations: How Gender Analysis Contributes to Research. Report of the Expert Group “Innovation through Gender.” Brussels: European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Compulsory assignments 1U G#0.50MandatoryA12
0002Compulsory assignments 2U G#1.00MandatoryA12
0003Compulsory assignments 3U G#1.00MandatoryA12
0004Compulsory assignments 4U G#2.00MandatoryA12
0005Compulsory assignments 5U G#3.00MandatoryA12

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.