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Academic year
ITS066 - Gender and technology
Genus och teknik
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-13 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MTS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Course closed for late applications.
Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 99114
Open for exchange students: No
Block schedule: B

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Take-home examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 
TKELT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)


Anna Åberg

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ITS065   Gender and technology


MTS 7,5 hec


In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

No particular prerequisites are needed.


This course aims to describe and analyse gender relations in our contemporary society, particularly in connection to technology. It calls attention to the extent that gender and sexuality influences our limitations and opportunities in different societies and social situations. It inquires whether technology and science reinforce existing gender roles, or supply new ones. The course offers gender theoretical and gender history perspectives on higher STEM education and the engineering profession, as well as on areas of application such as medical technologies and IT.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • describe and critically analyse gender relations in connection to technology.
  • describe and reflect on the interplay between gender and technology from a historical perspective.
  • critically analyse technology from a gender perspective, and be able to connect their insights to issues concerning their own education and profession.
  • make suggestions on how gender theory can be applied to technology design and development.
  • identify ethical issues brought to the fore in an analysis of technology based on different values.


The course investigates gender relations in our society, with a special reference to technology. The main focus is gender in terms of assigned/percieved sex, but intersectional perspectives will also be discussed, including questions on how sexuality, ethnicity, class and ability influences our relations to technology. Starting from the notion that technology in not value neutral, we will use theories and examples from feminist STS theory as well as gender history in order to analyse how gender relations and technology have interplayed over history. Which limitations and possibilities do men and women have in different societies and different social contexts? Do science and technology strengthen existing gender roles or do they provide new ones? Which ethical issues are brought to the fore when we analyse technology as value laden? Who has access to development and use of technology in different societal contexts, and which are the consequences of this power distribution? In addition to critical analysis and discussion, the course will also give the opportunity for the students to apply gender critical perspectives on design and development of technology.


Lectures and seminars. The course is given in Swedish.


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Examination including compulsory elements

The course is examined through exercises, individually or in groups, and a take home exam.
One or several of the exercises can be adapted to the specific study subject of each student's engineering program.

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