034.016 Feminist technology studies
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
  • TUWEL online course available from: 07.03.2023 00:00.


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

  • describe approaches of feminist technology research
  • analyze and classify technical developments in terms of diversity and inclusion
  • view technical developments in the context of the social organization of science and technology and to identify potential weaknesses of research and research & development designs and development processes in general point out
  • to relate feminist technology studies to their own discipline and to apply methods for critical scientific self- and site review

Subject of course

  • Fundamentals of science research
  • Fundamentals of feminist technology research
  • Case studies from different technoscientific disciplines
  • Discussion & reflection of own research & development practices

Further topics of interest:

  • Binary impositions on a fuzzy world
  • Public engagement, participation & democratization of technoscience
  • Diversity & Unconscious Bias
  • Sustainability
  • Accessibility
  • Free Software, Open Hardware
  • Data protection, privacy & network policies
  • Case studies from different disciplines (e.g. computer science, architecture, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, . . . )

Teaching methods

Lecture, self-study literature development, individual reflections & group discussion, Working on a small case study in groups, design thinking, prototyping, methods of gender-sensitive adult education

Mode of examination


Additional information

"This course may be taken as an elective course for the Gender and Diversity Competency Supplemental Certificate. More information about the certificate can be found here."

With the certificate Gender and Diversity Competence, graduates prove their competence in the consideration of gender and diversity aspects.

Prerequisite for the issuance of the certificate is the completion of courses from the following list in the amount of at least 16 ECTS.

Three courses amounting to 7 ECTS must be completed; for the remaining 9 ECTS, all courses from the list "Optional Courses" can be chosen.

List of courses can be found here.


The language of instruction is German. A large part of the literature used is written in English.



Course dates

Tue17:00 - 19:0007.03.2023 - 27.06.2023Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Feminist technology studies - Single appointments
Tue07.03.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue14.03.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue21.03.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue28.03.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue18.04.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue25.04.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue02.05.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue09.05.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue16.05.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue23.05.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue06.06.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue13.06.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue20.06.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung
Tue27.06.202317:00 - 19:00Hörsaal AE U1 - 1 Feministische Technikforschung

Examination modalities

Participation, group work, mini case study & documentation of results, Presentation of a dissemination concept

ECTS Breakdown (3 ECTS := 75 working hours):

  • 25h participation in LV sessions
  • 15h self-study, reflection & consolidation of the contents of the course sessions
  • 10h Group discussions and reflections outside the course sessions
  • 20h Planning & execution of a small case study
  • 5h Prototyping of a dissemination format (e.g. tool or app prototype design, artwork, podcast post, video blog post, how-to article, classic paper, . . . )

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
01.02.2023 09:00 05.03.2023 09:00


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TRS Transferable Skills


Es wird kein begleitendes Skriptum zur LV angeboten. Eine Online-Dokumentation der LV erfolgt laufend und wird anhand von Studierenden-Feedback adaptiert.

Die konkret in der LV verwendete Literatur wird im Prozess der LV und der Gruppenbildung, sowie anhand der unterschiedlichen thematischen Schwerpunktsetzungen angepasst und in die Online-Dokumentation eingepflegt. Teilnehmer*innen werden angeregt auch eigene Inhalte einzubringen.

Die folgenden Bücher stellen eine Auswahl an Vertiefungsmöglichkeiten dar, welche an die in der LV behandelten Inhalte andocken. Diese Liste ist daher nicht als notwendige Leseliste zu verstehen, sondern bietet eine erste wissenschaftliche Verortung der LV und d* LV-Leiter*in. Außerdem sollen so thematische Umrisse gezogen und mögliche inhaltliche Wanderrouten angeregt werden.

  • Barad, Karen Michelle. 2007. Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning. Duke University Press.
  • Digby, Tom. 2013. Men Doing Feminism. Routledge.
  • Dunbar-Hester, Christina. 2019. Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures. Princeton University Press.
  • Fleck, Ludwik. 1935. Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (originally published in 1935).
  • Green, Eileen. 2001. Virtual Gender: Technology, Consumption, and Identity. Routledge.
  • Haraway, Donna. 1991. Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. New York: Routledge.
  • Haraway, Donna J. 2016. Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene. Duke University Press.
  • Kleinman, Daniel Lee. 2000. Science, Technology, and Democracy. SUNY Press.
  • Knoll, Bente, and Brigitte Ratzer. 2010. Gender Studies in Den Ingenieurwissenschaften. 1., Auflage. Facultas Universitätsverlag.
  • Kuhn, Thomas Samuel. 1996. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. 3rd ed. The University of Chicago Press, Chicago. 1st Edition 1962.
  • Lederman, Muriel, and Ingrid Bartsch. 2001. The Gender and Science Reader. Routledge.
  • MacKenzie, Donald A., and Judy Wajcman. 1985. The Social Shaping of Technology: How the Refrigerator Got Its Hum. Open University Press.
  • O’Neil, Cathy. 2016. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. Crown.
  • Oudshoorn, Nelly, and Trevor Pinch. 2005. How Users Matter: The Co-Construction of Users And Technology. Mit Press.
  • Perez, Caroline Criado. 2019. Invisible Women: The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller Exposing the Gender Bias Women Face Every Day. Random House.
  • Schmidt, Francesca. 2021. Netzpolitik: eine feministische Einführung. Verlag Barbara Budrich.
  • Wajcman, Judy. 1991. Feminism Confronts Technology. Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Wajcman, Judy. 2004. TechnoFeminism. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Washington, Harriet A. 2008. Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Anchor Books.
  • Weizenbaum, Joseph. 1976. Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgment to Calculation. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman. | Weizenbaum, Joseph. 2000. Die Macht Der Computer Und Die Ohnmacht Der Vernunft. Suhrkamp.


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