Course Meeting Times:
Seminar: 1 session / week; 3 hours / session
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Expectations and Goals
This is an introductory-level course that assumes no prior knowledge of the history of women in science and engineering. Successful students will read/watch/listen to the course materials prior to the class in which they are discussed. Each student will be graded on the following components:
|Class participation, which includes regular attendance, in-class discussion, and group collaboration||15%|
|Written homework assignments||20%|
|Midterm essay (5–7 pages) plus class presentation, including a 60-second lightning introduction||25%|
|New or significantly enhanced Wikipedia article||10%|
|Final paper (10–15 pages) or project||30%|
Fine, Cordelia. Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference. W.W. Norton & Company, 2011. ISBN: 9780393340242.
Layne, Margaret. Women in Engineering: Pioneers and Trailblazers. American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009. ISBN: 9780784410158.
McGrayne, Sharon. Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries. Joseph Henry Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780309072700.
Nolen, Stephanie. Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race. Basic Books, 2004. ISBN: 9781568583198.
Padua, Sydney. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer. Penguin Group, 2016. ISBN: 9780141981536.
Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. William Morrow Paperbacks, 2016. ISBN: 9780062363602.
Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars. Penguin Books, 2017. ISBN: 9780143111344.