Techno-Feminism History and Practice (P5095)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to feminist thinking and methods within computational histories, and practice.

It is an inclusive module where you will gain a broader understanding of the historical, cultural and societal processes which underpin contemporary issues related to computational bias (e.g. ethnicity, gender, gender identity and sexuality, class etc.). Through a feminist lens, you will explore how these effect contemporary computational systems, tools and practice.

You will identify feminist methods and practice to critique existing computational practice and representation, whilst prototyping new feminist interventions. You will work collaboratively and across inter-disciplinary boundaries.

Teaching

50%: Practical (Workshop)
50%: Seminar

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 256 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.