PHYSCI 98TW: Sex, Gender, and Feeding – Intersections in the Brain [Spring 2022]

Using papers investigating sex and/or gender contributions to feeding, this seminar explores how (neuro)science benefits from interdisciplinary study. Students will gain confidence interpreting data, appreciation for the scientific method, and insight into how science and society impact one another

PHYSCI C127: Neuroendocrinology of Reproduction [Winters 2021 & 2022]

Understanding of reproductive neuroendocrinology throughout mammalian lifespan, with emphasis as appropriate on human condition. Discussion of general concepts of endocrine feedback and feed-forward loops, sexual differentiation, and structure and function for components of hypothalamo-pituitary gonadal axis. Exploration of sex differences in physiology and disease

CLUSTER M72CW: Feminist Neuroscience [Spring 2020]

Studies investigating sex differences in the brain are gendered. The influences of society on the scientific process cannot be ignored. Treating research as unbiased promotes scientific misunderstanding both within and outside the laboratory. Thus, learning to evaluate, interpret, and critique primary scientific literature is vital for scientific and social literacy. Students will first learn how to read, summarize, and interpret their own conclusions from neuroscience articles through active learning, group presentations, and multimodal composition. Students will then use traditional writing techniques to examine this primary research through feminist and queer theory lenses. Critical and rhetorical analyses will be used to identify and extract explicit & implicit biases from scientific questions, methods, and interpretations. By the end of the quarter, students will be able to articulate and evaluate, using textual support, the ways in which societal gender assumptions influence neuroscience sex differences research.

CLUSTER M72A&B: Sex from Biology to Gendered Society [Fall & Winter 2017-2018 & 2019-2020]

Limited to first-year freshmen. Examination of many ways in which sex and sexual identity shape and are shaped by biological and social forces, approached from complementary perspectives of anthropology, biology, medicine, and sociology. Specific topics include biological origins of sex differences, intersex, gender identity, gender inequality, homosexuality, sex differences, sex/gender and law, and politics of sex research.