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Instructor Info:Angela Willey
Jennifer Hamilton
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Term: 2012F
Meeting Info: Wednesday
04:00 PM - 07:00 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) ELH

This course introduces students to theories and methodologies in the interdisciplinary field of feminist science studies.Through collaborative faculty-student research projects, we will engage key conversations in the field. Specific areas of investigation include scientific cultures, science and the law, animal models, and science in the media and popular culture.While working on project-specific questions students will continuously engage larger questions such as: What kinds of knowledge count as "science?" What is objectivity? How do cultural assumptions shape scientific knowledge production in this and other historical periods? What is the relationship between "the body" and scientific data? Is feminist science possible?

Course Objectives:

1      To introduce students to feminist science studies.

2      To help students to build and improve skills in critical reading and writing.

3      To help students to build and improve skills in research.

4      To challenge students to develop new perspectives and to expand their skills of critical thinking.

5      To help students design and implement group-based projects.

6.     To engage students in faculty research.


If you are struggling with course materials or are experiencing other difficulties that interfere with course work, please get in touch with one of us immediately.  We can’t help you if I don’t know there’s a problem.

Evaluation Criteria:

Final evaluations will focus on the following areas:

  • Effort, especially willingness to challenge oneself
  • Attendance, preparation, and participation
  • Skills development especially in research, critical reading and writing
  • Quality of written work and attention to detail
  • Individual improvement throughout the semester
Additional Info:


Books are available for purchase in the Hampshire College Bookstore.  Readings that come from the books will be indicated by (T) for text. Texts (T) will also be available on reserve at the Johnson Library.  Unless otherwise indicated, other course readings are available for download on the course website and/or through direct online link.  Online readings will be marked by (O).  The syllabus is organized chronologically.  You should do the readings in advance of the class for which they are scheduled.


Required texts are available for purchase in the Hampshire College Bookstore.  Copies of required texts will also be made available on reserve in the Johnson Library and, if you prefer, you may make copies from reserve books.  Some texts may be available electronically through e-brary.  If so, the URLs are noted below and on Moodle.  Please remember that others may also be using the hard copies of texts, so return them to the library promptly.

Because the course is text-based, and we will often reference the text during the class period, it is imperative that you have either the text itself or a copy of the reading with you.  It is not sufficient to “read” the text online and come to class.  You must have the readings and your notes.  If you prefer, you may purchase the texts for e-readers like Kindle or Nook; we will look for evidence that you have read the text on your e-reader, so you must have it with you for class.  Texts, like tuition, room and board, are a part of the cost of college and are not optional.  If you are having trouble obtaining course texts for any reason, please speak to one of us as soon as possible in private.  The following texts are required for our course:

Almeling, Rene. 2011. Sex Cells : The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm. Berkeley: University of California Press. (T)

Jordan-Young, Rebecca M. 2010. Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Differences. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. (T)